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The Creative Industries

Culture and Policy

Terry Flew Queensland University of Technology, Australia
© 2012   248 pages   SAGE Publications Ltd   
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Moving from age-old warnings about the influence of the cultural industry to a tentative embrace of a global creative society, Terry Flew's new book provides an excellent overview of this exciting field

of research and practice. He effortlessly connects the dots in studies on management, production, law, policy, and labor that collectively shape our understanding of the creative industries. Warmly recommended for students and policymakers alike
Mark Deuze
Indiana University, author of 'Media Work' and editor of 'Managing Media Work'

Nothing grows quite so fast in the creative industries as the debates about them. Yet these have been accented differently in different countries and across the different policy domains - cultural, economic, educational, and technological. Offering a lucid and comprehensive review of these debates, Terry Flew casts a well-informed eye on the place the creative industries occupy in today's increasingly globalised cultural economy
Tony Bennett
Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney

A comprehensive text on the state of the art of the creative industries. The book effectively populates the emergent field of the creative industries; dealing with both definitions and reach, as well as interactions and implications. Whilst all the time maintaining a running commentary on the ebb and flow of both the academic debates (from cultural studies, cultural economics, organisational studies, economic geography and urban sociology) and the policy initiatives that seek to frame the field for outsiders.

An ideal primer for those both new to the field, and those within it, seeking a broader perspective
Andy C Pratt
Professor of Culture, Media and Economy, at Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI), King's College London

This book has disciplinary value while also opening up and informing debate on some of the most pressing cultural and policy issues of our day... if you have only got one book on in your Kindle focussing on the creative industries, this is the one to choose.

Lelia Green

School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

A good read to familiarise oneself with current Creative Industries issues.

Ms Johanna Mavhungu

School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University

Apr 01 2014

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This is an essential introduction to current debates surrounding the creative industries. An invaluable resource.

Dr Theresa Cronin

Media and Cultural Studies, Middlesex University

Sep 16 2013

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This is an immensely accessible and readable text on the Creative Industries. Terry Flew has written a text that is engaging and informative and useful for students and lecturers alike. This is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the development and growth of the Creative Industries.

Ms Deborah Dickinson

Creative Industries, City University

Aug 11 2013

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A very useful text.

Dr Paul Smith

Media Studies, De Montfort University

May 07 2013

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It's not that it's a bad book. It's a good one. Very comprehensive in it's overview of the topic of the creative industries as they have been studied in the UK in particular. It just isn't appropriate for the class where I had intended to use it. I am currently using another Sage publication, Media/Society, which is pretty much ideal for the intro to media that I am teaching. This book would be good for upper undergrad or graduate-level surveys.

Professor Vince Carducci

LIBERAL ARTS DEPT, College For Creative Studies

Apr 14 2013

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This book proves to be very useful and was effectively used at the outset of the study unit. It places the policy discourse very well and helps the students to get a better understanding of policies used today.

Dr Margaret Mangion

Edward de Bono Institute, University of Malta

Mar 14 2013

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"The Creative Industries: Culture and Policy" is an excellent textbook about this topic that is obtaining more and more attention in the frontiers of culture, economy and territory. Flew has managed to make a great contribution that summarizes the origins, models, products and policies that characterize creative industries but also discusses more complex issues of creative work and globalisation impacts. It is a must-have for all those initiating and deepening studies in this area but also an obligatory purchase for the practitioners working in the field.

Dr Hugo Pinto

Faculty of Economics, University of the Algarves

Jan 07 2013

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This is a good, comprehensive look at the area. He has a good style of writing

Dr Douglas Chalmers

Cultural Business, Glasgow Caledonian University

Dec 11 2012

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Good overview and critical analysis of creative industries. Will recommend to Yr 3 Dissertation Students exploring the industry and dynamics of the sector

Ms Julia Calver

UK Centre for Events Management, Leeds Metropolitan University

Nov 28 2012

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This book is ideal for the CI's but is not specific enough for this course

Mr Gerard Ryan

Business School, Staffordshire University

Aug 21 2012

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Excellent resource on the policy aspects of the creative industries, and an authoritative guide to debates in the field. Strongly recommended to students in the course, and for postgraduates.

Dr Gauti Sigthorsson

Communication and Creative Arts, Greenwich University

Aug 17 2012

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This is a timely discussion of the creative industries and the convergence of issues from creative practice, cultural theory and innovation studies.

Dr Jamie Brassett

MA Innovation Management, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design

May 25 2012

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Culture and economy are uneasy bedfellows and Flew's book gets to the heart of an extremely complicated, ongoing debate. Therefore, this text, along with books by McGuigan and Throsby, makes invaluable reading for students coming to terms with life in the creative industries.

Mr Andrew Pollard

Media Arts and Comms, Sheffield Hallam University

May 08 2012

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The Creative Industries

Culture and Policy

Terry Flew Queensland University of Technology, Australia
© 2012   248 pages   SAGE Publications Ltd  

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About This Title

The rise of creative industries requires new thinking in communication, media and cultural studies, media and cultural policy, and the arts and information sectors. The Creative Industries sets the agenda for these debates, providing a richer understanding of the dynamics of cultural markets, creative labor, finance and risk, and how culture is distributed, marketed and creatively reused through new media technologies. This book:

  • develops a global perspective on the creative industries and creative economy
  • draws insights from media and cultural studies, innovation economics, cultural policy studies, and economic and cultural geography
  • explores what it means for policy-makers when culture and creativity move from the margins to the center of economic dynamics
  • makes extensive use of case studies in ways that are relevant not only to researchers and policy-makers, but also to the generation of students who will increasingly be establishing a ‘portfolio career’ in the creative industries

International in coverage, The Creative Industries traces the historical and contemporary ideas that make the cultural economy more relevant that it has ever been. It is essential reading for students and academics in media, communication and cultural studies.


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