“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.



Evolution is perhaps a curious keyword in creative industries, redolent of ‘survival of the fittest’ notions and other such laissez-faire ruthlessness. But despite that overt politicisation, which can be traced back to ‘social’ rather than scientific Darwinism, evolution is actually a practical analytic model for thinking about dynamical processes in which variety drives adaptation to change in a system. The contrast is with revolution, which is a type of change foisted from without and implying some kind of political over-turning of an existing order. Evolution, however, is a process of change that occurs gradually from within as new and ‘better fitting’ variants or ideas gradually replace those less well adapted to a changed environment. The creative industries are constantly evolving, in the sense of ...

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