Investigating how people and places are connected into the creative economy, this volume takes a holistic view of the intersections between community, policy and practice and how they are co-constituted. The role of the creative economy and broader cultural policy within community development is problematised and, in a significant addition to work in this area, the concept of ’place’ forms a key cross cutting theme. It brings together case studies from the European Union across urban, rural and coastal areas, along with examples from the developing world, to explore tensions in universal and regionally-specific issues. Empirically-based and theoretically-informed, this collection is of particular interest to academics, postgraduates, policy makers and practitioners within geography, urban and regional studies, cultural policy and the cultural/creative industries.
’A book which usefully re-orientates the study of creative economy to questions of community and place, and helps us to understand how policy from below is capable of reshaping these developments towards saner and more just outcomes.’ Kate Oakley, University of Leeds, UK ’Creative industries and the creative economy have rapidly established themselves within dominant discourses in terms of how we value and explain the role of culture and creativity in contemporary society. If this sudden emergence as fast policy wrong-footed many working in the fields of cultural economy, this new book by Warren and Jones shows how we can come to terms with the challenge. It takes us into the everyday reality of making, connecting, celebrating and earning a living that has long marked the complex value of culture, and helps point us behind the narrow confines of a relentlessly instrumental present.’ Justin O'Connor, Monash University, Australia