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Chapter 5: Creativity Imagination, Social Production and Social Change

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Creativity Imagination, Social Production and Social Change
Creativity: Imagination, Social Production and Social Change
Creativity and production

Were there only one adjective to describe the material world that we are exploring in this book, it would be ‘productive’. To quote the materialist geographer Nigel Thrift (2004: 61), production is the means by which lives, societies and history unfold, ‘by adding capacities through interaction, in a world which is constantly becoming’. Minute by minute, year by year, the social/natural world assembles and disassembles; bodies and other physical and cultural relations affect and are affected; assemblages specify (territorialize) and generalize (de-territorialize) capacities, aggregate and dis-aggregate entities. In this fluid and fluctuating maelstrom of interacting bodies and things, ideas and social formations, an endless cascading stream of events produces ...

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