Presages of Persistent Creativity

  • Peter CampbellEmail author
Part of the Sociology of the Arts book series (SOA)


This chapter traces the roots of the dominant discourse regarding creativity that comes to prominence in the early twenty-first century, demonstrating that this prominence is not so much a result of strictly new developments as an intensification of prior patterns. It considers the development of cultural policy and statistical evidence, the emergence of neoliberal ideology and the notion of a ‘new’ economy, and the development of the idea that culture may play a role in the ‘regeneration’ of cities. These developments intertwine and overlap to provide the conditions in which a discourse around the value of creativity can thrive.


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  1. 1.University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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