The creative citizen unbound introduces the concept of ‘creative citizenship’ to explore the potential of civic-minded creative individuals in the era of social media and in the context of an expanding creative economy.
Drawing on the findings of a 30-month study of communities supported by the UK research funding councils, multidisciplinary contributors examine the value and nature of creative citizenship, not only in terms of its contribution to civic life and social capital but also to more contested notions of value, both economic and cultural.
This original book will be beneficial to researchers and students across a range of disciplines including media and communication, political science, economics, planning and economic geography, and the creative and performing arts.
"Packed with evidence, this readable book shows that while dismay grows around issues such as online surveillance, creative citizens can still connect digital media and community engagement to fantastic effect." David Gauntlett, University of Westminster and author of Making is Connecting
"Offers a practical course of action for collaborative research with communities." LSE Review of Books
"This fantastically diverse, rich and colourful book provides critical reflection on the notion of the ‘creative economy’ whilst tracking emergent forms of citizenship associated with new social media. " Nick Gallent, University College London
"An ambitious rethink of core concepts of communication and media studies and a close analysis of how digital networks and sharing cultures can add value and generate social and industrial benefit in a creative economy" Terry Flew, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
"An outstanding illustration of how researchers and citizens can produce knowledge together for and of this emerging field of creative citizenship." Engin Isin, The Open University
"A timely and exciting contribution at the intersections of media, cities, and subversity creativity. Insights on alternative civic cuture in the UK and on the opportunities and challenges collaborative work presents for conceptualising and practicing citizenship in the 21st century." Myria Georgiou, LSE
Ian Hargreaves is Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University and Principal Investigator for the AHRC/EPSRC-funded project Media, Community and the Creative Citizen. He was previously a journalist, spending 15 years on the Financial Times, where he became Deputy Editor; followed by Editorships of the Independent and New Statesman. In the late 1980s, he was Director, BBC News and Current Affairs. In 2009 he conducted a review of creative industries policy for the Welsh Government and in 2011, a review of intellectual property issues for the UK coalition Government. He was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to the creative economy and higher education.
John Hartley is John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University, Western Australia, where he is Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology. He is also Professor of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, Wales. Author of many books and articles in media, cultural, communication and journalism studies, he pioneered research into the creative economy at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (2005-12) as ARC Federation Fellow at Queensland University of Technology. He is an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association and Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009.
Are You a Creative Citizen? ~ Ian Hargreaves;
A problem of knowledge – solved? ~ John Hartley;
Citizenship and the Creative Economy ~ Caroline Chapain and Ian Hargreaves;
Citizenship, Value and Digital Culture ~ Jon Dovey, Giota Alevizou and Andy Williams;
Varieties of creative citizenship ~ Theodore Zamenopoulos, Katerina Alexiou, Giota Alevizou, Caroline Chapain, Shawn Sobers, Andy Williams;
From networks to complexity: two case studies ~ David Harte, Jon Dovey, Emma Agusita, Theodore Zamenopoulos;
Conversations about co-production ~ Catherine Greene, Shawn Sobers, Theo Zamenopoulos, Caroline Chapain and Jerome Turner, with contributions from Ingrid Abreu Sherer, Vince Baidoo, Ian Mellett, Annette Naudin and James Skinner;
Asset mapping and civic creativity ~ Katerina Alexiou, Emma Agusita, Giota Alevizou, Caroline Chapain, Catherine Greene, Dave Harte, Gail Ramster and Theodore Zamenopoulos;
Civic cultures and modalities of place-making ~ Giota Alevizou, Katerina Alexiou, Dave Harte, Shawn Sobers, Theodore Zamenopoulos and Jerome Turner;
Technology and the creative citizen ~ Jerome Turner, Dan Lockton and Jon Dovey;
Reflecting and Unbinding: implications for policy ~ Ian Hargreaves and John Hartley;
Annex: The Creative Citizens Debate.