Economic development, enlightenment and creative transformation : creative industries in the New China

O'Connor, Justin (2011) Economic development, enlightenment and creative transformation : creative industries in the New China. Ekonomiaz : Basque Economic Review, 78(3), pp. 108-125.

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This paper examines some of the implications for China of the creative industries agenda as drawn by some recent commentators. The creative industries have been seen by many commentators as essential if China is to move from an imitative low-value economy to an innovative high value one. Some suggest that this trajectory is impossible without a full transition to liberal capitalism and democracy - not just removing censorship but instituting 'enlightenment values'. Others suggest that the development of the creative industries themselves will promote social and political change. The paper suggests that the creative industries takes certain elements of a prior cultural industries concept and links it to a new kind of economic development agenda. Though this agenda presents problems for the Chinese government it does not in itself imply the kind of radical democratic political change with which these commentators associate it. In the form in which the creative industries are presented – as part of an informational economy rather than as a cultural politics – it can be accommodated by a Chinese regime doing ‘business as usual’.

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ID Code: 43837
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Additional Information: This article will be published in Spanish
Keywords: Creative Industries, China, Development , neo-liberalism
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 2011 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 08 Aug 2011 23:05
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2013 23:40

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