This book nuances our understanding of the contemporary creative economy by engaging with a set of three key tensions which emerged over the course of eight European Colloquiums on Culture, Creativity and Economy (CCE): 1) the tension between individual and collaborative creative practices, 2) the tension between tradition and innovation, and 3) the tension between isolated and interconnected spaces of creativity.
Rather than focusing on specific processes, such as production, industries or locations, the tensions acknowledge and engage with the messy and restless nature of the creative economy. Individual chapters offer insights into poorly understood practices, locations and contexts such as co-working spaces in Berlin and rural Spain, creative businesses in Leicester and the role and importance of cultural intermediaries in creative economies within Africa. Others examine the nature of trans-local cultural flows, the evolving "field" of fashion, and the implications of social media and crowdfunding platforms.
This book will be of interest to students, scholars and professionals researching the creative economy, as well as specific cultural and creative industries, across the humanities and social sciences.
1. Introduction: Exploring tensions in the creative economy
Brian J. Hracs, Taylor Brydges, Tina Haisch, Atle Hauge, Johan Jansson and Jenny Sjöholm
2. The field of fashion in the digital age: Insights from global and ‘not-so-global’ fashion centres
Taylor Brydges, Marianna d’Ovidio, Mariangela Lavanga, Deborah Leslie, Norma M. Rantisi
3. Creative Splintering and Structural Change in Leicester, UK
4. Crowdfunding and co-creation of value: the case of the fashion brand Linjer
Anders Rykkja and Atle Hauge
5. Intermediaries, Work and Creativity in Creative and Innovative Sectors- The Case of Berlin
Janet Merkel and Lech Suwala
6. Technology as a source for creativity: Insights from the Swiss fashion industry
7. Assessing values of cultural heritage and museums: A holistic framework
Vasilis Avdikos and Mina Dragouni
8. Spatial processes of translation: how coworking diffused from urban to rural environments. The case of Cowocat in Catalonia, Spain
9. Cultural Intermediaries Revisited: Lessons from Cape Town, Lagos and Nairobi
Roberta Comunian, Lauren England and Brian J. Hracs
10. Curated by pioneers, spaces and resistance: The development of electronic dance music in Stockholm
Johan Jansson and Anna Gavanas