2 (25th Jan)
- Creative Industries in New Media
rise of new media industries, such as web production facilities and internet
start-ups, has been linked to the rise in a ‘creative class’
by authors such as Richard Florida. In this lecture we will look at his
claim that there are key social identities that stimulate innovation in
local economies. We will also examine the ways in which sociologists have
approached the study of cultural industries, and how these are linked
to specific places, such as San Francisco and parts of London.
Florida, R. (2002) The Rise of the Creative Class. New York,
Hesmondhalgh, D. (2002) The Cultural Industries. London, Sage
Pratt, A. (2004) 'The Cultural Economy: A call for spatialized ‘production
of culture’ perspectives' International Journal of Cultural
Studies, Vol 7, No 1, 117-128 [Electronic journal]
Pratt, A (2002) 'Hot Jobs in Cool Places. The Material Cultures of New
Media Product Spaces: The Case of South of the Market, San Francisco'.
Information, Communication and Society, Vol 5, No 1, 27-50
Recent articles by Richard Florida can be found here
Look particularly at his working papers on ‘Creativity and Cities’
and ‘Tolerance and Technology’ (ie the first two working papers.
You can download both).
Many of Andy Pratt’s articles are available in PDF form from the