Category Archives: Social creativity

The Social Production of Art

A valuable introduction to the central issues in the sociology of the arts, this work draws on sociology, art history, feminism, and literary and media studies, to explain the social nature of the arts, their production, distribution, and reception. This … Continue reading

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Handbook of Social Creativity Research

This Handbook brings together an international cast of experts to explore the social nature and context of creativity studies, focusing on methodology as a key component in advancing the social study of creativity. Two decades on from the pioneering work … Continue reading

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Modelling Creativity: Identifying Key Components

Creativity is a complex, multi-faceted concept encompassing a variety of related aspects, abilities, properties and behaviors. If we wish to study creativity scientifically, then a tractable and well-articulated model of creativity is required. Such a model would be of great … Continue reading

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Distributed Creativity

We believe that existing models of creativity do not adequately address the distribution of the range of creative acts across individuals in the collaborative creation of media in online environments. In particular we emphasize the fluid nature of users’ transitions … Continue reading

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Integrating Individual and Social Creativity

The power of the unaided individual mind is highly overrated. Although society often thinks of creative individuals as working in isolation, intelligence and creativity result in large part from interaction and collaboration with other individuals. Much human creativity is social, … Continue reading

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Making is Connecting: The Social Meaning of Creativity

In Making is Connecting, David Gauntlett argues that through making things, people engage with the world and create connections with each other. Both online and offline, we see that people want to make their mark on the world, and to … Continue reading

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Social Creativity as a function of Agent Cognition and Network Properties

Inventions – concepts, devices, procedures – are often created by networks of interacting agents in which the agents can be individuals (as in a scientific discipline) or they can themselves be collectives (as in firms interacting in a market). Different … Continue reading

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Collective Creativity – Art and Society

Collective Creativity offers an analysis of the explosion of artistic creativity currently taking place on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga. By exploring the construction of this art-world through the ways in which creativity and innovation are linked to social … Continue reading

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Creativity is a social process

A Danish anthropologist concludes that creativity is not a result of individuals. Rather, it’s a social process that occurs among individuals. To most people, creativity is inextricably associated with individuals who stand out as something special, thanks to their creativity. … Continue reading

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Stigmergic Collaboration: The Evolution of Group Work

The steady rise of and the Open Source software movement has been one of the big surprises of the 21st century, threatening stalwarts such as Microsoft and Britannica, while simultaneously offering insights into the emergence of large-scale peer production … Continue reading

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