“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.



Expanding international trade, particularly in services, including cultural services. Globalisation and the development of the creative industries have tended to occur as parallel processes. This is due in part to the weakening of traditional ties between cultural experience and geographical territory that the global circulation of cultural commodities entails, particularly as they take an increasingly digital form and thus can be moved swiftly between places through technological networks (Tomlinson 2007). A series of mutually reinforcing relationships has promoted both globalisation and the creative industries including:

  • Deregulation of national cultural and media policy frameworks, which promotes cultural trade, particularly in the audiovisual sectors;
  • Rising consumer affluence, particularly in developing countries, which promotes creative industries in terms of demand (growth in demand for discretionary goods and services with ...
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