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A practitioner concept of contemporary creativity

Taylor, Stephanie (2019). A practitioner concept of contemporary creativity. Social Psychology Quarterly (Early Access).

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This article reviews conceptualisations from three academic areas: the sociology of art, the psychology of creativity, and research on the cultural and creative industries. These are compared with findings from a critical discursive study with UK practitioners. The meanings and associations these ‘maker artists’ attach to creativity are discussed as a ‘practitioner concept’. For the practitioners, the association of creativity with art carries a promise of transcendence and escape from ordinary life, but also a potential challenge to their own entitlement and claims to a creative status. The article shows, first, that the academic areas utilise different and conflicting conceptualisations and, second, that the practitioner concept is not consistent with any one of these. The article argues that the contemporary celebration of creativity is based on different meanings and unacknowledged conflicts. The article proposes that future social psychological research on creativity requires a more critical approach to the concept.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2019 American Sociological Association
ISSN: 0190-2725
Extra Information: This article will be part of a December 2019 Special Issue, The Social Psychology of Creativity, edited by John Parker, Ugo Corte and Gary Alan Fine.
Keywords: practitioner concept; creativity; critical discursive psychology; maker-artist
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 66886
Depositing User: Stephanie Taylor
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 15:12
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2019 18:34
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