Creativity at Work: Cultural Production, Creativity and Constraints

Brian Moeran

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    This paper draws on extensive fieldwork in a wide range of creative industries
    to argue that creativity itself is under-theorised, and should be considered as
    both enabled and inhibited by numerous constraints guiding the choices made
    by creative personnel during the course of their work. Six sets of constraints are
    outlined in the context of different forms of cultural production: material,
    temporal, spatial, social, representational and economic. It is argued that the
    performance of creative work is similar in part to Turner’s concept of
    ‘communitas’, when an aura of individual creativity is passed to other
    participants. This kind of liminal space is also found in creative industry ritual
    events, which enable participants to communicate on an equal footing, and gain
    knowledge and connections that they can then use at work in their normal
    everyday lives. These in turn may have a long-term effect on cultural
    production, creativity and constraints.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    Publisherimagine.. CBS
    Number of pages24
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    SeriesCreative Encounters Working Paper

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