Re-imagining Chinese Creativity: The Rise of a Super-Sign

Keane, Michael A. (2007) Re-imagining Chinese Creativity: The Rise of a Super-Sign. In Lovink, Geert & Rossiter, Ned (Eds.) MyCreativity Reader: A Critique of Creative Industries. Insitute of Networked Cultures (INC), Amsterdam.


In this chapter I trace the development of the idea of creativity in China and the associated concept of creative industries. I will argue that the creative industries in China need to be understood in the context of sustainable development and reform over a long period of development. I argue that creativity is a ‘super-sign’ in China; it is invested with almost supernatural powers to transform and revitalise.

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Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: China, creative industries
ISBN: 9879078146049
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 2007 Insitute of Networked Cultures (INC)
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Deposited On: 10 Apr 2007 00:00
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