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Against Creativity

Against Creativity

by Oli Mould
Hardback
Publication Date: 01/12/2018
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From line managers, corporate CEOs, urban designers, teachers, politicians, mayors, advertisers and even our friends and family, the message is 'be creative'.

Creativity is heralded as the driving force of our contemporary society; celebrated as agile, progressive and liberating. It is the spring of the knowledge economy and shapes the cities we inhabit. It even defines our politics. What could possibly be wrong with this?

In this brilliant, counter intuitive blast Oli Mould demands that we rethink the story we are being sold. Behind the novelty, he shows that creativity is a barely hidden form of neoliberal appropriation. It is a regime that prioritizes individual success over collective flourishing. It refuses to recognise anything - job, place, person - that is not profitable. And it impacts on everything around us: the places where we work, the way we are managed, how we spend our leisure time.

Is there an alternative? Mould offers a radical redefinition of creativity, one embedded in the idea of collective flourishing, outside the tyranny of profit. Bold, passionate and refreshing, Against Creativity, is a timely correction to the doctrine of our times.

ISBN:
9781786636492
9781786636492
Category:
Western philosophy: Medieval & Renaissance
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-12-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
256
Dimensions (mm):
215x148x23mm
Weight:
0.39kg
Oli Mould

Oli Mould is Lecturer in Human Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.

His work focuses on issues of urban activism, social theory and creative resistance.

He is the author of Urban Subversion and the Creative City (Routledge, 2015) and blogs at taCity.co.uk.

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