Developing a creative cluster in a postindustrial city : CIDS and Manchester

O'Connor, Justin & Gu, Xin (2010) Developing a creative cluster in a postindustrial city : CIDS and Manchester. The Information Society, 26(2), pp. 124-136.

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This paper takes the establishment and demise of Manchester’s Creative Industries Development Service as an exemplary case study for the ways in which creative industry policy has intersected with urban economic policy over the last decade. It argues that the creative industries required specific kinds of economic development agencies which would be able to act as ‘intermediary’ between the distinct languages of policy makers and ‘creatives’. The paper discusses the tensions inherent in such an approach and how CIDS attempted to manage them. It suggests that which particular circumstances might have intervened the main reason for the demise of the CIDS was the domination of the ‘economic’ over the ‘cultural logic’ both of which are embedded within the creative industries policy discourse.

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ID Code: 48097
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: creative entrepreneurs, creative industries, cultural policy, urban cultures, urban regeneration
DOI: 10.1080/01972240903562787
ISSN: 0197-2243
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Arts and Cultural Policy (160502)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is a preprint of an article submitted for consideration in the [The Information Society] © [2010] [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [The Information Society] is available online at:
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2012 22:05
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 01:03

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