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Cultural industries and cultural policy: a critique of recent discourses in regional economic development

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • The cultural industries (sometimes referred to as

    'creative industries') are an increasingly common

    component of urban and regional economic

    development discourse, connected to an

    acknowledgement of the contribution of creativity to

    economic performance and, more generally, their

    power to transform images and identities for places.

    Such discourses have become more pervasive with a

    set of key books - most notably Charles Landry's The

    Creative City (2001), and Florida's The Rise of the

    Creative Class (2002) - that have become popular

    among both economic development planners and

    cultural policy makers. This paper seeks to intervene in

    the discourses established by these texts, and challenge

    assumptions underpinning their increasing popularity

    among cultural planners in Australia. Included is a

    critique of the ways in which academic knowledge has

    been translated into policy discourse at the local

    government level; and a discussion of the extent to

    which such knowledges are embedded in a wider

    process of neoliberalising cultural policy agendas. The

    discourses established by these texts, we will argue,

    misconstrue role of creativity and the cultural

    industries in localities and underemphasise the extent

    to which regional development is embedded in a series

    of relational networks of power.

Publication Date


  • 2003

Citation


  • Gibson, C. & Klocker, N. (2003). Cultural industries and cultural policy: a critique of recent discourses in regional economic development. In J. Gao, R. Le Heron & J. Logie (Eds.), Windows on a Changing World - NZ Geographical Society Conference Series No 22 (pp. 131-135). Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Geographical Society.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1190

Start Page


  • 131

End Page


  • 135

Place Of Publication


  • Auckland, New Zealand

Abstract


  • The cultural industries (sometimes referred to as

    'creative industries') are an increasingly common

    component of urban and regional economic

    development discourse, connected to an

    acknowledgement of the contribution of creativity to

    economic performance and, more generally, their

    power to transform images and identities for places.

    Such discourses have become more pervasive with a

    set of key books - most notably Charles Landry's The

    Creative City (2001), and Florida's The Rise of the

    Creative Class (2002) - that have become popular

    among both economic development planners and

    cultural policy makers. This paper seeks to intervene in

    the discourses established by these texts, and challenge

    assumptions underpinning their increasing popularity

    among cultural planners in Australia. Included is a

    critique of the ways in which academic knowledge has

    been translated into policy discourse at the local

    government level; and a discussion of the extent to

    which such knowledges are embedded in a wider

    process of neoliberalising cultural policy agendas. The

    discourses established by these texts, we will argue,

    misconstrue role of creativity and the cultural

    industries in localities and underemphasise the extent

    to which regional development is embedded in a series

    of relational networks of power.

Publication Date


  • 2003

Citation


  • Gibson, C. & Klocker, N. (2003). Cultural industries and cultural policy: a critique of recent discourses in regional economic development. In J. Gao, R. Le Heron & J. Logie (Eds.), Windows on a Changing World - NZ Geographical Society Conference Series No 22 (pp. 131-135). Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Geographical Society.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1190

Start Page


  • 131

End Page


  • 135

Place Of Publication


  • Auckland, New Zealand