Imaginary Success?—The Contentious Ascendance of Creativity

  title={Imaginary Success?—The Contentious Ascendance of Creativity},
  author={Peter Odell Campbell},
  journal={European Planning Studies},
  pages={1009 - 995}
  • P. Campbell
  • Published 4 May 2014
  • Sociology
  • European Planning Studies
This paper posits that a set of “creative industries” centred around cultural practice have played a key role within a dominant “economic imaginary” in recent years. The success and stability of this role is considered, and a coherent position regarding the nature of creativity is outlined. Examination of the “evidence” gathering projects used to bulwark this position, however, reveals how the data which emerge from such projects may no longer appropriately serve to support the position the… 
Cultural Engagement and the Economic Performance of the Cultural and Creative Industries: An Occupational Critique
This article presents a new critical engagement with the concept of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs), focusing on the rationale for grouping occupations and industries under this label. We
Creatività vs Patrimonio Culturale? The Winner Takes it All (Creativity vs Cultural Heritage? The Winner Takes It All)
Purpose of the paper: The paper analyses the origins, features and effects of the shift towards creativity in cultural policy over the last twenty years, aiming atunderstanding its impact on cultural
Are the creative industries meritocratic? An analysis of the 2014 British Labour Force Survey
ABSTRACT There is currently widespread concern that Britain’s cultural and creative industries (CCIs) are increasingly dominated by the privileged. This stands in stark contrast to dominant policy
‘Culture is a Meritocracy’: Why Creative Workers’ Attitudes may Reinforce Social Inequality
The attitudes and values of cultural and creative workers are an important element of explaining current academic interest in inequality and culture. To date, quantitative approaches to this element
Beyond the Creative City: Cognitive–Cultural Capitalism and the New Urbanism
Scott A. J. Beyond the creative city: cognitive–cultural capitalism and the new urbanism, Regional Studies. Creativity is a concept whose time has come in economic and urban geography. It is also a
Situating the local in global cultural policy
From the growth of city regions to the calls for more localism, engaging with “the local” has become an increasingly important part of cultural policy rhetoric in many countries (UCLG, 2019; UNESCO,
The rise of cultural and creative industries in creative economy research: a bibliometric analysis
This chapter has a twofold objective. First, it aims to contribute to addressing the fragmentation of the literature on the creative economy, and second, to lay the foundation for an economics of
The social life of measurement: how methods have shaped the idea of culture in urban regeneration
ABSTRACT Although ‘culture-led regeneration’ has been critiqued as both a concept and practice, it is clear that policy-makers continue to make efforts to use cultural activity of varying forms to
Introduction: ‘Persistent Creativity’?
Ideas around the value of ‘creativity’ have become increasingly prominent since the late 1990s, and this prominence persists up to the present day. It is argued that it is therefore necessary to


Creativity: from discourse to doctrine?
This is a short report on work in progress. It centres on the idea of ‘creativity’, which is of presently of key importance for current UK government thinking about the ‘creative economy’.
In the Social Factory?
This article introduces a special section concerned with precariousness and cultural work. Its aim is to bring into dialogue three bodies of ideas — the work of the autonomous Marxist `Italian
Creative industries in a European Capital of Culture
This article examines the articulation of the benefits associated with staging the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) in Liverpool, England in 2008. It is argued that relevant policy documents, and
Struggling with the Creative Class
This article develops a critique of the recently popularized concepts of the ‘creative class’ and ‘creative cities’. The geographic reach and policy salience of these discourses is explained not in
You say ‘creative’, and I say ‘creative’
This article examines the conceptual referents of the term ‘creative’ as used in the terms ‘creative industries’, ‘creative class’ and ‘creative city’. The way in which these conceptually divergent
Beware ‘the Creative Class’. Creativity and Wealth Creation Revisited
In this article, the author draws on a long experience in research and consultancy in the ‘creative economy’ (which includes initiatives in Manchester and London in the 1980s and 1990s) to reflect on
Creative statistics to support creative economy politics
For ten years, the Labour Party of Tony Blair popularized the notion of ‘creative industries’, a notion that several analysts and commentators have readily used to substitute for the concept of
Creative industries: a new direction?
This paper looks at the work of the ARC Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology. They have attempted to deal with some of the definitional and policy
The disappearing arts: creativity and innovation after the creative industries
Since the birth of the ‘creative industries’ a decade ago, there has been a series of attempts to link the cultural sectors with innovation policy and to downplay the connection between them and
Looking for work in creative industries policy
In this article, we first outline and account for the utopian description of work in much UK creative industries discourse. We then offer a contrasting assessment that shows how creative workplaces