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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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Varieties of creative citizenship

Varieties of creative citizenship

(p.103) Five Varieties of creative citizenship
The Creative Citizen Unbound

Theodore Zamenopoulos

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We identify varieties of creative citizenship among case studies as a step to differentiating characteristics, including questions of motivation, purpose and context, and drawing a useful distinction between collective and connective acts of citizenship. Acts of creative citizenship make or produce something new and in parallel induce a critical reflection on political, social or cultural issues. These acts may occur in any type of community, whether of place or shared interest. We foreground the role of everyday creativity, which connects previously disconnected practices of citizenship and creativity. We need to move beyond individualistic or psychological approaches towards creativity and citizenship in order to investigate the role and creative power of these connective and collective acts, not least as generators of social capital. Our observations support the proposition that the activities of an enhanced or ‘unbound’ creative citizen have the potential to make a substantial impact in civic life.

Keywords:   collective, connective, critical reflection, everyday creativity, social capital, civic

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