[csaa-forum] Creativity, Communication, and Cultural value

Raya Massie raya.massie at uts.edu.au
Thu Sep 23 09:23:10 CST 2004

hi danny,

a few years old now, but as an undergrad and early postgrad i very much 
enjoyed Ann Game & Andrew Metcalfe's "Passionate Sociology" (Sage 1996) 
about creativity and knowledge, and which focuses mainly on desire, 
intimacy and everyday life in writing in the areas of (what would be 
called) cultural studies. Also Michel Serres "Troubadour of Knowledge" 
(University of Michigan, 1997) which is a bit more of a 
philosophical/fictocritical view of creativity and the carnal space 
between culture and the sciences .

good luck
raya massie

Danny Butt wrote:

>I just finished " Creativity, Communication, and Cultural value" by Keith
>Negus and Michael Pickering (Sage 2004), and I wondered if anyone could
>recommend any more useful general overview books on creative practice that
>might be useful to late undergrads or early postgrads.
>I was so disappointed in the book that I can't even bring myself to write a
>review - half of it consists of warnings about the limitations of a
>sociological approach to creativity, without taking any specific writers to
>task; their epistemological references are almost universally white, male,
>and canonical; a whole chapter on "experience" - in its usual cultural
>studies guise of "that which eludes theorisation but I'll talk about it
>anyway" - that completely misses a few decades of feminist work
>foregrounding an experiential approach to cultural material; and they even
>try and rehabilitate the idea of "genius" (once again, with the "don't throw
>the baby out with the bathwater" response to feminist scholarship, rather
>than theoretical engagement). And don't get me started on the editing!
>OK, well I hadn't intended to be so critical - there are some good quotes
>and references... it just seems dangerous to let stuff like this in the
>hands of impressionable students :). Anyway I was just looking for general
>discussions of creativity  that might be useful; preferably acknowledging
>the very diverse, culturally located perspectives on creativity, and perhaps
>covering both more sociological approaches as well as the philosophy of
>aesthetics. [Maybe McRobbie's new book will be what I'm after?]
>#place: location, cultural politics, and social technologies:
>discussion list of the cultural studies association of australasia

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