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The Creative Citizen UnboundHow Social Media and DIY Culture Contribute to Democracy, Communities and the Creative Economy$
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Ian Hargreaves and John Hartley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324942

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324942.001.0001

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A problem of knowledge – solved?

A problem of knowledge – solved?

(p.25) Two A problem of knowledge – solved?
The Creative Citizen Unbound

John Hartley

Policy Press

A wide literature review establishes a conceptual framework for the idea of creative citizenship. It identifies methodological individualism as a generic problem standing in its way, arguing that the place of citizenship in society and its connections with creativity needs a radical overhaul. Having summarised three social science approaches to the concept of citizenship, we propose a fourth, namely: a creative, cultural or DIY approach, made feasible by ubiquitous social media in a market environment. This approach arises from humanities thinking, rather than from social science and embraces the tensions between citizenship as a source of obligations and as a resource of playfulness. Creative citizenship reconciles these: ‘brought together in one knowledge system though they remain apart from one another in scholarly traditions.’ Creative citizenship’s dynamics are evolutionary and complex rather than subject to the linear momentum of classical economics. Creative citizenship’s habitat is best understood as one of complex systems, interacting and shifting in relationship to one another at a planetary scale. In this complexity, everyone, everywhere, across everything is a participant in the overall productivity of the system.

Keywords:   individualism, knowledge system, evolutionary, productivity

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