Recognising that creativity is a major driving force in the post-industrial economy, the Chinese government has recently established a range of "creative clusters" – industrial parks devoted to media industries, and arts districts – in order to promote the development of the creative industries. This book examines these new creative clusters, outlining their nature and purpose, and assessing their effectiveness. Drawing on case studies of a range of cluster models, and comparing them with international examples, the book demonstrates that creativity, both in China and internationally, is in fact a process of fitting new ideas to existing patterns, models and formats. It shows how large and exceptionally impressive creative clusters have been successfully established, but raises the important questions of whether profit or culture is the driving force, and of whether the bringing together of independent-minded, creative people, entrepreneurial businessmen, preferential policies and foreign investment may in time lead to unintended changes in social and political attitudes in China, including a weakening of state bureaucratic power. An important contribution to the existing literature on the subject, this book will be of great interest to scholars of urban studies, cultural geography, cultural economics and Asian studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Culture, Commerce and Creativity in China 2. Redesigning China’s Creative Space 3. Clusters and Regional Development 4. Beijing: Creative Capital or State Managed Openness? 5. Art Districts: The Pin-up Child of the Chinese Creative Economy 6. Shanghai’s Cluster-led Creative Renaissance 7. Media Districts, Parks and Bases 8. Culture, Creativity, Innovation, Imagination
Michael Keane is an ARC Centre Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. His research interests include China’s cultural and media policy, creative clusters in China and East Asia, and East Asian cultural exports.
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Thomas J. Berghuis, University of Sydney, Australia
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