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The Creative Industries

The Creative Industries
Culture and Policy

November 2011 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The rise of creative industries requires new thinking in communication, media and cultural studies, media and cultural policy, and the arts and information sectors. The Creative Industries sets the agenda for these debates, providing a richer understanding of the dynamics of cultural markets, creative labor, finance and risk, and how culture is distributed, marketed and creatively reused through new media technologies. This book:

  • develops a global perspective on the creative industries and creative economy
  • draws insights from media and cultural studies, innovation economics, cultural policy studies, and economic and cultural geography
  • explores what it means for policy-makers when culture and creativity move from the margins to the center of economic dynamics
  • makes extensive use of case studies in ways that are relevant not only to researchers and policy-makers, but also to the generation of students who will increasingly be establishing a 'portfolio career' in the creative industries

International in coverage, The Creative Industries traces the historical and contemporary ideas that make the cultural economy more relevant that it has ever been. It is essential reading for students and academics in media, communication and cultural studies.


Origins of Creative Industries Policy
International Models of Creative Industries Policy
From Culture Industries to Cultural Economy
Products, Services, Production and Creative Work
Consumption, Markets, Technology and Cultural Trade
Globalization, Cities and Creative Spaces
Creative Industries and Public Policy

Nothing grows quite so fast in the creative industries as the debates about them. Yet these have been accented differently in different countries and across the different policy domains - cultural, economic, educational, and technological. Offering a lucid and comprehensive review of these debates, Terry Flew casts a well-informed eye on the place the creative industries occupy in today's increasingly globalised cultural economy. 

Tony Bennett
Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney

Moving from age-old warnings about the influence of the cultural industry to a tentative embrace of a global creative society, Terry Flew provides an excellent overview of this exciting field
of research and practice. He effortlessly connects the dots in studies on management, production, law, policy, and labor that collectively shape our understanding of the creative industries. Warmly recommended for students and policymakers alike.

Mark Deuze
Indiana University

A comprehensive text on the state of the art of the creative industries. The book effectively populates the emergent field of the creative industries, dealing with both definitions and reach, as well as interactions and implications. Whilst all the time maintaining a running commentary on the ebb and flow of both the academic debates (from cultural studies, cultural economics, organisational studies, economic geography and urban sociology) and the policy initiatives that seek to frame the field for outsiders. An ideal primer for those both new to the field, and those within it seeking a broader perspective.

Andy C. Pratt
Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI), King's College London

This book has disciplinary value while also opening up and informing debate on some of the most pressing cultural and policy issues of our day... if you have only got one book on in your Kindle focussing on the creative industries, this is the one to choose.

Lelia Green, School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University
Journal of Media & Cultural Studies

The book has a particular interest in creative industries and it's relationship with policy making. The course has a different focus thus I could not adapt it in the lectures.

Dr Leman Gul
Architecture, Istanbul Technical University
July 7, 2015

A good read to familiarise oneself with current Creative Industries issues.

Ms Johanna Mavhungu
School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University
April 1, 2014

This is an essential introduction to current debates surrounding the creative industries. An invaluable resource.

Dr Theresa Cronin
Media and Cultural Studies, Middlesex University
September 16, 2013

This is an immensely accessible and readable text on the Creative Industries. Terry Flew has written a text that is engaging and informative and useful for students and lecturers alike. This is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the development and growth of the Creative Industries.

Ms Deborah Dickinson
Creative Industries, City University
August 11, 2013

A very useful text.

Dr Paul Smith
Media Studies, De Montfort University
May 7, 2013

It's not that it's a bad book. It's a good one. Very comprehensive in it's overview of the topic of the creative industries as they have been studied in the UK in particular. It just isn't appropriate for the class where I had intended to use it. I am currently using another Sage publication, Media/Society, which is pretty much ideal for the intro to media that I am teaching. This book would be good for upper undergrad or graduate-level surveys.

Professor Vince Carducci
LIBERAL ARTS DEPT, College For Creative Studies
April 14, 2013

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Chapter One

Terry Flew

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