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Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Work, a new book by Stephanie Taylor

Stephanie Taylor presents her new book: Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Work

Stephanie Taylor (Senior Lecturer in Psychology, CCIG Member) presents her new book, co-authored with Karen Littleton (Professor of Psychology in Education): Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Work (Ashgate 2012).

Creative workers have been celebrated internationally for their flexibility in new labour markets centred on culture, creativity and, most recently, innovation. This book draws on research with novice and established workers in a range of specializations in order to explore the meanings, aspirations and practical difficulties associated with a creative identification. It investigates the difficulties and attractions of creative work as a personalized, affect-laden project of self-making, perpetually open and oriented to possibility, uncertain in its trajectory or rewards. Employing a cross-disciplinary methodology and analytic approach, the book investigates the new cultural meanings in play around a creative career. It shows how classic ideals of design and the creative arts, re-interpreted and promoted within contemporary art schools, validate the lived experience of precarious working in the global sectors of the creative and cultural industries, yet also contribute to its conflicts. 'Contemporary Identities of Creativity and Creative Work' presents a distinctive study and original findings which make it essential reading for social scientists, including social psychologists, with an interest in cultural and media studies, creativity, identity, work and contemporary careers.

The book already received very good comments

This is a book about the creative professionals who drive the creative and cultural industries: how and when they decided to go to art school, and how they negotiated their subsequent careers. This well-written book is an important contribution to the scholarly study of creative work, and will also be of interest to creative professionals who seek a deeper understanding of the forces impacting their lives.’ Keith Sawyer, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

A marvellous, rich, satisfying book. At once deeply moving and rigorously analytical it offers an original analysis of creative work that manages to encompass both its satisfactions and its troubles. In exploring the complexity of creative identifications, it illuminates the very nature of what it means to be human. A major contribution to studies of creative labour, and an exemplary work of discursive and narrative analysis.’, Rosalind Gill, King’s College, London

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