“This guide to the emerging language of creative industries field is a valuable resource for researchers and students alike. Concise, extensively referenced, and accessible, this this is an exceptionally useful reference work.” - Gauti Sigthorsson, Greenwich University “There could be no better guides to the conceptual map of the creative industries than John Hartley and his colleagues, pioneers in the field. This book is a clear, comprehensive and accessible tool-kit of ideas, concepts, questions and discussions which will be invaluable to students and practitioners alike. Key Concepts in Creative Industries is set to become the corner stone of an expanding and exciting field of study” - Chris Barker, University of Wollongong Creativity is an attribute of individual people, but also a feature of organizations like firms, cultural institutions and social networks. In the knowledge economy of today, creativity is of increasing value, for developing, emergent and advanced countries, and for competing cities. This book is the first to present an organized study of the key concepts that underlie and motivate the field of creative industries. Written by a world-leading team of experts, it presents readers with compact accounts of the history of terms, the debates and tensions associated with their usage, and examples of how they apply to the creative industries around the world. Crisp and relevant, this is an invaluable text for students of the creative industries across a range of disciplines, especially media, communication, economics, sociology, creative and performing arts and regional studies.
Debate about the creative industries has often centred on the significance and contribution of its creative workers in driving innovation and wealth-creation throughout the wider economy. The debate about the significance of creative [Page 63]labour is not only about aggregate numbers of jobs; it also concerns the nature and characteristics of those jobs. The creative talent and capabilities fostered in these industries are argued to be crucial to the success of wider national performance. Creativity and innovation are vital for maintaining ‘competitive advantage’ in a global environment that sees manufacturing and services ‘outsourced’ to lower-wage economies. The creative human capital characterising creative workers might also offer avenues for mitigating the effects of ‘technological unemployment and inequality’, while exploring the potential of new technologies ...