Handbook of Research on Creativity
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Handbook of Research on Creativity

Edited by Kerry Thomas and Janet Chan

In this timely work, creativity is not defined by an ideal, rather it encompasses a range of theories, functions, characteristics, processes, products and practices that are associated with the generation of novel and useful outcomes suited to particular social, cultural and political contexts. Chapters present original research by international scholars from a wide range of disciplines including history, sociology, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, education, economics and interdisciplinary studies. Their research investigates creativity in diverse fields including art, creative industries, aesthetics, design, new media, music, arts education, science, engineering and technology.
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Chapter 6: Marxism and creativity

Jim McGuigan


In his early writings, Karl Marx focused upon the alienation of work under exploitative conditions. His critique of capitalism was essentially humanistic in that creativity was said to be at the very least frustrated by the contemporary labour process. Marx’s thinking in this respect inspired a flourishing of humanist, libertarian and existentialist Marxism in the West that detached itself from orthodox Marxism-Leninism in the East during the mid-twentieth century (Fromm, 1967 [1965] and 2011 [1961 and 1966]; Anderson, 1976). Departure from orthodoxy was much stimulated by belated publication during the 1930s of most notably the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts that were written in his native German whilst exiled in Paris during 1844 when Marx was only twenty-six years old; and later translations, particularly into French and English (Marx, 1977).

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