“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.



Power is the exertion of force by one entity on another. The concept of power has a long history, being at the centre of political theory and philosophy. John Thompson has identified four primary forms of power (1995: 16–17):

  • Political – institutions and practices primarily concerned with coordination and regulation; this form of power is primarily held through government and the state;
  • Economic – the ability to control processes of production, distribution, prices and markets, and accumulation; such power is most notably held by corporations, but may also be held by other institutional agents, such as trade unions or producers’ associations;
  • Coercive – the capacity to use actual or potential force against others, particularly in combination with political power, notably associated with the armed forces, the police, etc.;
  • Symbolic/cultural ...
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