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 10: For a critical creativity: the radical imagination of Cornelius Castoriadis

Christian De Cock, Alf Rehn and David Berry


“Creativity” is today not only associated with artistic and aesthetic endeavors but seen as a key contributor to national competitiveness, regional development, corporate strategic advantage, entrepreneurial potential, individual capacity and even general welfare. Indeed, there are continuous calls for greater amounts of creativity and imagination to help develop what has been called a “creative economy” (United Nations 2010). The concept of creativity, whilst generally conceived as an individual faculty or capacity, has thus become a socio-economic “good” (in both senses of the word) in a market oriented society, which can and should be harnessed by corporations and institutions more generally.

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