I have finally resubmitted the text for the Creativity volume I am writing in Routledge’s “Key Ideas” series. We have recently been working on the cover for the text. It is based on a photograph I took on the New York field trip a few years ago of some graffiti in the Lower East Side.
The phrase “Live, Work, Create” encapsulates the key themes of the text. It is also, it turns out the brand for the company Brooklyn Industries, a locally-based clothing and lifestyle company, who have successfully traded off place and the legacy of the city’s garment district.
An extract from the text and the contents appear below:
“Creativity as a practice, an idea, a promise and a force has become ubiquitous within and without the academy. Variously understood as economic driver, as social solution, as an embodied, material and social practice, as geographical research method, as having political potential, and even as the vitalist force of life itself Creativity has become a key concept within Geography, but also across the Social Sciences and the Arts and Humanities. But yet, it remains a field of study fractured in its diversity. As such, we lack a decisive summary of this key concept, and, furthermore, an incisive statement on the form and import of the critical geographies of creativity. This volume aims to correct this by offering the first accessible but conceptually sophisticated account of the critical geographies of Creativity. The text builds these critical geographies by way of a series of creative sites; body; studio; home; community; cluster; city; margins; nation; landscape and environment.
Building an argument around the critical geographies of creativity this text draws together perspectives from across Geography and beyond, enabling scholars and students within and without the discipline, including from within urban and rural studies and cultural studies, to understand and engage with the critical geographies of creativity, their breadth and potential. In doing so the text will engage with the major theoretical and conceptual questions around the social, economic, political and pedagogic imperatives of the geographies of creativity as well as creativity’s significant contribution to scholarly writings and debate within the discipline.