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Florida’s Creative Class Thesis

  • Geoffrey MossEmail author
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Sociology book series (BRIEFSSOCY)

Abstract

In this chapter, I explain Richard Florida’s definition of the creative class, and discuss his controversial creative class thesis. I also discuss critical reactions to his work, offer my own critique of his work, and note that my use of his creative class perspective to inform the present project is highly selective.

Keywords

Richard Florida Richard Peck Creative class Creative city Urban geography Urban policy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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