Beyond the inner city : real and imagined places in creative place policy and practice

Collis, Christy, Felton, Emma, & Graham, Philip W. (2012) Beyond the inner city : real and imagined places in creative place policy and practice. In Flew, Terry (Ed.) Creative Industries and Urban Development : Creative Cities in the 21st Century. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London.

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As the economic and social benefits of creative industries development become increasingly visible, policymakers worldwide are working to create policy drivers to ensure that certain places become or remain ‘creative places’. Richard Florida’s work has become particularly influential among policymakers, as has Landry’s. But as the first wave of creative industrial policy development and implementation wanes, important questions are emerging. It is by now clear that an ‘ideal creative place’ has arisen from creative industries policy and planning literature, and that this ideal place is located in inner cities. This article shifts its focus away from the inner city to where most Australians live: the outer suburbs. It reports on a qualitative research study into the practices of outer-suburban creative industries workers in Redcliffe, Australia. It argues that the accepted geography of creative places requires some recalibration once the material and experiential aspects of creative places are taken into account.

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The concept of creative industries has developed considerable academic and policy momentum in the 21st century. There has been a connection identified between the rise of creative industries and the urbanisation of the world’s population, particularly in relation to the significance of cities as sites of cultural production and consumption. Much of the work on creative industries and cities, however, has drawn upon 'imagined geographies' about the relationship between creativity and place. This collection draws together contributions that critically appraise recent urban cultural policy discourses, as well as reflecting on the role of culture and creative industries in the future development of cities.

This book is based on a special issue of The Information Society: An International Journal.

1. Introduction: Creative Industries and Cities Terry Flew 2. Beyond the Inner City: Real and Imagined Places in Creative Place Policy and Practice Christy Collis, Emma Felton and Phil Graham 3. Putting inspiration on the map: Qualitative GIS for creative city research Chris Brennan-Horley, Susan Luckman, Chris Gibson, Julie Willoughby-Smith 4. Upwave Cities, Creative Cities: the Case of London John Montgomery 5. Developing a Creative Cluster in a Post-industrial City: The Creative Industries Development Service (CIDS) and Manchester Justin O’Connor and Xin Gu 6. Can Beijing become a global media capital? Angela Lin Huang 7. Creative Industries Debates in the 2000s Terry Flew and Stuart Cunningham


Urban Geography
Cities & Infrastructure (Urban Studies)
Urban Development
Economic Geography
Urban Cultures
Development Geography
Urban Economics
Cultural Geography
Urban Policy
Population Geography
Cities & Infrastructure

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Keywords: creative industries, suburbs, suburban work, cultural economic geography, cultural industries
ISBN: 9780415516808
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
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group)
Deposited On: 10 Dec 2012 22:02
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:35

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