Creative industries after the first decade of debate

Flew, Terry & Cunningham, Stuart D. (2013) Creative industries after the first decade of debate. In Flew, Terry (Ed.) Creative Industries and Urban Development : Creative Cities in the 21st Century. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London, pp. 79-78.

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It has now been over a decade since the concept of creative industries was first put into the public domain by the Blair Labour government’s Creative Industries Mapping Documents in Britain.

The concept has gained traction globally, but it has also been understood and developed in different ways in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and North America, as well as through international bodies such as UNCTAD and UNESCO. A review of the policy literature reveals that although questions and issues remain around definitional coherence, there is some degree of consensus emerging about the size, scope, and significance of the sectors in question in both advanced and developing economies. At the same time, debate about the concept remains highly animated in media, communication, and cultural studies, with its critics dismissing the concept outright as a harbinger of neoliberal ideology in the cultural sphere. This article couches such critiques in light of recent debates surrounding the intellectual coherence of the concept of neoliberalism, arguing that this term itself possesses problems when taken outside of the Anglo-American context in which it originated. It is argued that issues surrounding the nature of participatory media culture, the relationship between cultural production and economic innovation, and the future role of public cultural institutions can be developed from within a creative industries framework and that writing off such arguments as a priori ideological and flawed does little to advance debates about twentieth-century information and media culture.

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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

Editor Bio:
Terry Flew is Professor of Media and Communications at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He is the author of The Creative Industries: Culture and Policy (2012), New Media: An Introduction (2008) and Understanding Global Media (2007), and is a leading international figure in creative industries research. From 2008-2010 he led an Austrlaian Research Council project into creative industries and suburban development. During 2011-2012, he headed a review of media classification for the Australian Federal government.

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, cultural industries, information society, cultural policy, neoliberalism
ISBN: 9780415516808
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
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