Publication: Creativity (Key Ideas in Geography)

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Creativity, my contribution to Routledge’s Key Ideas in Geography series has finally been released in October 2016, with a sneak preview for those at the RGS in September.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the book, whether through writing case study boxes, offering comments and feedback or editorial advice. Not least of all, thanks should go to the undergraduate and master’s students who have taken various of my courses on Creativity over the years.

The book uses a series of sites (including the body, the studio, the community, the city, the environment) to offer an intra and interdisciplinary account of the geographies of creativity.

Creativity, whether lauded as the oil of the 21st century, touted as a driver of international policy, or mobilised by activities, has been very much part of the zeitgeist of the last few decades. Offering an account of the critical geographies of creativity, this title provides an entry point to the diverse ways in which creativity is conceptualized as a practice, promise, force, concept and rhetoric. It proffers these critical geographies as the means to engage with the relations and tensions between a range of forms of arts and cultural production, the cultural economy and vernacular, mundane and everyday creative practices.


Several people have been kind enough to take the time to offer reviews of the text:

‘Finally, a truly comprehensive, global, and conceptually-rich account of the geography of creativity! Methodical, interrogative, accessibly written, logically organised, definitive – Hawkins surveys an immense and diverse field of scholarship on creative geographies, weaving into the mix her own intrepid and ideosyncratic research. Combining critical conceptual insight with fine ethnographic texture (and usefully illustrated with lots of case study ‘boxes’), Creativity is essential reading for students and researchers across the social sciences and humanities. Demystifying the rhetoric surrounding creativity, but also brimming with hope for its mercurial, emotional and embodied qualities, this is a book that puts creativity firmly in its place.’Chris Gibson, Professor of Human Geography, Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research, University of Wollongong, Australia

“Hawkins offers a compelling, multi-faceted critical engagement with the concept of creativity that artfully synthesizes foundational and cutting-edge research in intellectually inspiring ways. Accessible and readable, this book uses astute description, careful analysis, and imaginative examples to provide a comprehensive introduction to the geographies of creativity.”

Alison Bain, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, York University, Canada