Developing a creative cluster in a post-industrial city : the Creative Industries Development Service (CIDS) and Manchester

O'Connor, Justin & Gu, Xin (2013) Developing a creative cluster in a post-industrial city : the Creative Industries Development Service (CIDS) and Manchester. In Flew, Terry (Ed.) Creative Industries and Urban Development : Creative Cities in the 21st Century. Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group), London, pp. 43-55.

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This article takes the establishment and demise of Manchester’s Creative Industries Development Service (CIDS) as an exemplary case study for the ways in which creative industry policy has intersected with urban economic policy over the last decade. The authors argue that the creative industries required specific kinds of economic development agencies that would be able to act as “intermediaries” between the distinct languages of policymakers and “creatives.” They discuss the tensions inherent in such an approach and how CIDS attempted to manage them and suggest that the main reason for the demise of the CIDS was the domination of the “economic” over the “cultural” logic, both of which are present within the creative industries policy discourse.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
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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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ISBN: 9780415516808
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
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 22:09
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:08

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