Great adaptations : China's creative clusters and the new social contract

Keane, Michael A. (2009) Great adaptations : China's creative clusters and the new social contract. Continuum, 23(2), 221 -230.

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The transformation of China's urban landscape has witnessed a boom in cultural adaptation, namely the adaptation of a Western idea, the creative cluster. This chapter examines the formatting of hundreds of creative clusters-art centres, animation bases, cultural zones, and incubators. The cluster has important implications for how we understand China going forward into the second decade of the 21st century. The cluster phenomenon has resulted in to a substantive remaking of the social contract, between officials, entrepreneurs, local residents, academics-and most significantly cultural producers. However, these processes of adaption are mostly driven by real estate developers working in partnership with local government officials. Cut and paste design is the fast road to completion. In this sense, the description 'creative' may well be redundant.

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ID Code: 29637
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Creative clusters, cultural policy, art districts, innovation
DOI: 10.1080/10304310802691597
ISSN: 1030-4312
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Arts and Cultural Policy (160502)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Deposited On: 13 Jan 2010 21:48
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:05

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