“A special kind of city knowledge” : innovative clusters, tacit knowledge and the ‘Creative City’

O'Connor, Justin (2004) “A special kind of city knowledge” : innovative clusters, tacit knowledge and the ‘Creative City’. Media International Australia, 112, pp. 131-149.

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That the cultural industries are highly networked and operate in clusters is now well established. The notion of cluster is linked to the idea of place-based advantage with cultural industries gaining competitive advantage from mobilising the resources of places to compete in global markets.

‘Place’ in the cultural industries is frequently taken to be the city where city is seen as the key resource for cultural industry clusters and a primary point of intervention for cultural industry policy in creative city policy making. In this article I want to look at some of the implications of these moves for both academic research and policy discussion. The reasons for this emphasis on policy relates to some large questions of urban governance and cultural politics surrounding the proactive government of clusters which are raised by recent work on the cultural industries, notably by Alan Scott.

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ID Code: 43836
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: cultural Industries, creative industries, creative cities, urban identities, knowledge economies
ISSN: 1329-878X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 The University of Queensland
Deposited On: 08 Aug 2011 23:00
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2011 00:03

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