Inside the whale (and how to get out of there): moving on from two decades of creative industries research

Banks, M. and O'Connor, J. (2017) Inside the whale (and how to get out of there): moving on from two decades of creative industries research. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 20(6), pp. 637-654. (doi: 10.1177/1367549417733002)

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In keeping with the spirit of this Special Issue, this article takes a retrospective view – analysing two decades of research on local, city-based cultural economies in the dominant context of the ‘creative industries’ policy paradigm. We begin by exploring our own position in the field – as early arbiters for the cultural industries – and the political and economic context which informed our own (shared) efforts to further progressive claims for culture, amidst the transforming post-industrial city of the 1990s. The subsequent rise of a creative industries discourse – in the United Kingdom and beyond – had a transformative effect on those progressive claims, not least in bringing to the fore a more economistic, capital-driven model of urban renewal which served to undermine many of the promises that had been invested in popular urban culture under social democracy. How this shift was played out in the academic literature – and its political consequences – is the theme of the remainder of the article. This article forms part of the Special Issue ‘On the Move’, which marks the 20th anniversary of the European Journal of Cultural Studies. It also heads up a special online dossier on ‘Creative Industries in the European Journal of Cultural Studies’.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Banks, Professor Mark
Authors: Banks, M., and O'Connor, J.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:European Journal of Cultural Studies
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1460-3551
Published Online:20 November 2017

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