The creative industries after cultural policy : a genealogy and some possible preferred futures

Cunningham, Stuart D. (2004) The creative industries after cultural policy : a genealogy and some possible preferred futures. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 7(1), pp. 105-115.


How can we most usefully appropriate the rhetorics of the new economy to advance a contemporary understanding of the production and consumption of creative and informational content? Can the concept of creativity be broadened, but not so much that it becomes everything and nothing – the newest business lit fad and just as ephemeral as the rest – such that claims for its role as a driver of economic growth can be sustained? Can the analytical and research context for ‘experiential’ or ‘cultural’ consumption – core business for cultural, communications and media studies academics be helpfully developed through new economy models? This piece takes an explicitly policy orientated line and tendentiously tracks a genealogy and some possible preferred futures for the creative industries beyond their framing within a cultural policy problematic. I track the fate of creative and informational content as it passes across three grids of understanding: ‘culture’, ‘services’ and ‘knowledge’. These grids also serve as historical and/or possible rationales for state intervention in the creative industries as well as industry’s own understandings of their nature and role.

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ID Code: 587
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: culture, knowledge, service, Australia, creative industries
ISSN: 1367-8779
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Sage Publications
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:10

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