CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, A POLITICAL OR ACADEMIC CONCEPT?

TitleCREATIVE INDUSTRIES, A POLITICAL OR ACADEMIC CONCEPT?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Author(s)Toussaint Alcaráz, F.
Affiliation (1st Author)Facultad de Ciencias Politicas y Sociales. En la Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
Section or WGPolitical Economy Section
DateWed 26 June
Slot CodePEW4b
Slot Code (Keyword)PEW4b
Time of Session16:00-17:30
RoomQ218
Session TitleCultural and Communication Policies and Industries
Submission ID5049
Abstract

The present article has the objective of analyze from a critical perspective the notion of "creative industries" that nowadays is very used in the academic field and in political and economic areas nationally and internationally. For it, the text divides in two sections. In the first section we are going to explain the origin of “cultural industries” and how it has been its development in other countries. Also we will comment how this concept has turned into a reference for the international institutions as the UN, UNESCO, PNUD and OECD regarding the relation between culture and business.In the second section of the work, we will comment that exist nowadays two trends in the definition of "cultural industries": policy and academic. In the policy, diverse authors are in the search of a definition that adjusts to the national and international aims that realize of the relation between culture, creativity and physical assets in the capitalist development. This vision has resulted in general terms, in a economic crisis and increase in the rate of profit. Among the authors who are analyzed you can find: Tony Blair and Chris Smith in United Kingdom and Richard Caves and Richard Florida in the USA. In the academic vision about the "cultural industries" as a new capitalist trend, we will review the work of Phillipe Bouquillion, Bernard Miége, Pierre Moeglin, Le Corf, Gaetan Tremblay and also some critical authors of Great Britain as Nicholas Garnham.The review of both positions will allow us discuss the distinctions and possible similarities between this ideas, to eventually create our own view about this concept and the implications that have for societies in political, economic, cultural and academic terms.

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