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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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Citizenship, value and digital culture

Citizenship, value and digital culture

(p.75) Four Citizenship, value and digital culture
The Creative Citizen Unbound

Jon Dovey

Giota Alevizou

Andy Williams

Policy Press

Non-economic forms of value arising from creative citizenship are argued to be significant, illustrated in this project’s co-creative case studies and media interventions. The characteristics of creative citizens include a strong drive toward self-actualisation and self-improvement; being good ‘connectors’; and invested in the values of self-determination within democratic processes. Connectivity through social media constitutes a form of cultural capital which can lead to the ability to tell stories as well as to link up with other groups. Future policy aimed at supporting vibrant, inclusive, healthy and productive communities would benefit from understanding better how creative citizens’ commitment to local and regional representation produces value and how, through a carefully constructed and authentic process of co-creation, debate and negotiation can occur.

Keywords:   value, media, co-creation, self-actualisation, connectivity, cultural capital

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