Creative industries as a globally contestable policy field

Cunningham, Stuart D. (2009) Creative industries as a globally contestable policy field. Chinese Journal of Communication, 2(1), pp. 13-24.

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The development of the creative industries “proposition” has caused a great deal of controversy. Even as it has been examined and adopted in several, quite diverse, jurisdictions as a policy language seeking to respond to both creative production and consumption in new economic conditions, it is subject to at times withering critique from within academic media, cultural and communication studies. It is held to promote a simplistic narrative of the merging of culture and economics and represents incoherent policy; the data sources are suspect and underdeveloped; there is a utopianization of “creative” labor; and a benign globalist narrative of the adoption of the idea. This article looks at some of these critiques of creative industries idea and argues against them.

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ID Code: 25804
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: creative industries, culture and economics, creative labor, precarious labor, entrepreneurialism, creative industries mapping
DOI: 10.1080/17544750802638814
ISSN: 1754-4750
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Routledge/Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 04:48
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:05

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