The Creative Citizen UnboundHow Social Media and DIY Culture Contribute to Democracy, Communities and the Creative Economy

The Creative Citizen UnboundHow Social Media and DIY Culture Contribute to Democracy, Communities and the Creative Economy

Ian Hargreaves and John Hartley

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9781447324942

Publisher: Policy Press


Digital social media afford unprecedented opportunities for groups of citizens to collaborate locally and internationally in innovative ways in countless domains. This book seeks to evaluate this potential, drawing upon a broad conceptual analysis and a series of co-creative case studies undertaken by a multi-disciplinary research team with community partners in different parts of the UK. Creative citizenship is shown to be a widespread, even global phenomenon, though the term itself is recent in origin. Creative citizens are active across the whole of society, making distinctive contributions in politics, education, media, environment, urban development, journalism, planning, business and many other dimensions. In its closing chapter, the book draws together the insights from case studies and a wider reflection upon policy options open to government and others to ‘unbind’ creative citizenship. The authors argue for re-consideration of official statistics to reflect the significant but largely uncounted contribution to the creative economy made by creative citizens. The book then identifies other ways in which the potential of creative citizens can be ‘unbound’, in fields such as community journalism, planning and education.

Table of Contents

Three Citizenship in the creative economy

Caroline Chapain and Ian Hargreaves

Four Citizenship, value and digital culture

Jon Dovey, Giota Alevizou and Andy Williams

Five Varieties of creative citizenship

Theodore Zamenopoulos, Katerina Alexiou, Giota Alevizou, Caroline Chapain, Shawn Sobers and Andy Williams

Six From networks to complexity: two case studies

David Harte, Jon Dovey, Emma Agusita and Theodore Zamenopoulos

Seven Conversations about co-production

Catherine Greene, Shawn Sobers, Theo Zamenopoulos, Caroline Chapain and Jerome Turner with contributions from Ingrid Abreu Scherer, Vince Baidoo, Ian Mellett, Annette Naudin and James Skinner

Eight Asset mapping and civic creativity

Katerina Alexiou, Emma Agusita, Giota Alevizou, Caroline Chapain, Catherine Greene, Dave Harte, Gail Ramster and Theodore Zamenopoulos

Nine Civic cultures and modalities of place-making

Giota Alevizou, Katerina Alexiou, Dave Harte, Shawn Sobers, Theodore Zamenopoulos and Jerome Turner

Ten Technology and the creative citizen

Jerome Turner, Dan Lockton and Jon Dovey