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The cultural economy, creative cities and the recession

specialeditiioncitiesProfessor Andy Pratt is pleased to report the publication today of a special issue of the international peer review journal Cities that he co-edited on the topic of the cultural economy and the recession. This is the first such study to be published.

Here are some points from the introduction. Andy co-edited the special issue with Tom Hutton from University of British Columbia, Canada; and Michael Indergaard, St. John’s University, New York, USA. The special issue was developed from a conference Michael, Tom and Andy organized at the International Sociological Association world conference in Sweden, 2011.
This special issue considers questions about the nature, prospects and needs of the creative economy of cities. The creative economy (or cultural and creative industries) has emerged as a key feature of economies among both ‘advanced’ and ‘transitional’ cities, and accordingly has merited a more prominent position within the urban studies discourse and agenda. While the lineage of influential work on the cultural economy of cities dates back a decade, now it is time to push beyond localized conditions to consider broader developmental forces and circumstances.
One basic question concerns developmental conditions that shape the growth of the creative economy and its constituent institutions, industries and labor including governance, policy and other social factors.
The special issue is meant to serve as a clarion call for research on the diverse manifestations the creative city takes in different places. We hope to contribute to a recalibration of research on the nexus of the city and the creative economy, one that is spatially and temporally embedded in particular contexts.
The editorial can be accessed here:
Indergaard, M., A. C. Pratt and T. A. Hutton (2013). “Creative cities after the fall of finance.” Cities 33(0): 1-4.

The special issue contains contributions from leading authors on the topic.


In addition to the editorial, Andy has a substantial paper co-authored with Tom Hutton.
Here is the abstract: This paper uses the financial crisis as an opportunity to examine a number of key questions about the relationship of the creative economy and the city. We argue that weak conceptualisation of the nature of the relationship between the creative economy and the city, as well as a lack of clarity about what the creative economy is, has subverted debates about this important topic. This paper comprises four major sections: the first introduces the field of the creative economy, the second section seeks to clarify what exactly we mean by the term financial crisis; here we highlight the multifaceted character of the financial crisis and is variable impacts across the field of the creative economy. The third part outlines the range and diversity of the actually existing relations between the creative economy and the city. In the fourth section we reflect upon the earlier argument to consider what we can learn about the impacts (actual and expected) of the financial crisis on the creative economy and the city, and additionally to reflect upon what this might indicate about the changing and perhaps transformed relationship between the creative economy and the city in the last quarter century.
Full details and download are available here:
Pratt, A. C. and T. A. Hutton (2013). “Reconceptualising the relationship between the creative economy and the city: Learning from the financial crisis.” Cities 33(0): 86-95.

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