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Invention of Creativity : Modern Society and the Culture of the New (Paperback) (Andreas Reckwitz)

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"Be creative! Contemporary society has seen an unprecedented rise in both the demand and desire to be creative, to bring something new into the world. Once the reserve of artistic subcultures, creativity has now become a universal model for culture. Morethan that, it has become an imperative. In this new book, cultural sociologist Andreas Reckwitz investigates how the ideal of creativity has grown into a major social force, from the art of the avant-garde and postmodernism to the" ?creative industries?" and the innovation economy, the psychology of creativity and self-growth, the media representation of creative stars and the urban design of" ?creative cities?". Where creativity is often assumed to be a force for good, Reckwitz looks critically at how this imperative has developed from the 1970s to the present day, seeing it not as emancipatory, but rather as a very specific social and cultural phenomenon. Though we may well perceive creativity as the realisation of some natural andinnate potential within us, it is far more a product of our surroundings, an attribute we find ourselves systematically admonished to develop and one which we fervently and compulsively desire to possess. The Invention of Creativity is a bold and refreshing counter to conventional wisdom that shows how our age is defined by radical and restrictive processes of social aestheticisation. As such it will be a valuable contribution to those working across disciplines, from cultural and social theory to art history and aesthetics"--
Number of Pages: 310
Genre: Social Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Author: Andreas Reckwitz
Language: English
Street Date: June 12, 2017
TCIN: 52065171
UPC: 9780745697048
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-4360
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