The Creative System in Action

Understanding Cultural Production and Practice

  • Phillip McIntyre
  • Janet Fulton
  • Elizabeth Paton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Phillip McIntyre, Janet Fulton, Elizabeth Paton
      Pages 1-9
  3. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Phillip McIntyre
      Pages 13-26
    3. Janet Fulton, Elizabeth Paton
      Pages 27-43
  4. Research Using Systems Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Phillip McIntyre
      Pages 47-59
    3. Sarah Coffee
      Pages 100-112
    4. Elizabeth Paton
      Pages 113-124
    5. Eva Novrup Redvall
      Pages 139-154
    6. Stacy DeZutter
      Pages 155-168
    7. Phillip McIntyre, Janet Fulton, Elizabeth Paton
      Pages 200-206
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 207-217

About this book


The first of its kind, this book is an overview of systems based research into creativity. It focuses on empirical studies into creativity that use the systems approach. Uniquely, the authors in this edited collection incorporate not just individual creators but also the social and cultural contexts in which they work and in doing so account for the creative system in action. Looking past Romantic approaches the authors explore a rational explanation of creativity across a range of fields including music, journalism, fiction and non-fiction writing, film, theatre, the arts and design, and digital media. Showcasing innovative research into the creative system in action across various forms of cultural production, the book will attract readers from cultural studies, sociology, psychology, communication and media studies, and the arts. Undergraduate students taking courses related to creative practice or creative industries will also find it valuable.


Creativity creativity research systems model Csikszentmihalyi cultural production communication creativity Cultural Studies Design film media media studies Print psychology sociology systems theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Phillip McIntyre
    • 1
  • Janet Fulton
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Paton
    • 2
  1. 1.University of NewcastleAustralia
  2. 2.Monash UniversityAustralia

Bibliographic information