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The Creative Capital of Cities. Interactive Knowledge Creation and the Urbanization Economies of Innovation. Studies in Urban and Social Change

  • ID: 2249111
  • Book
  • October 2011
  • 264 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Creative Capital of Cities challenges the new urban growth concepts of creative industries from a critical urban theory perspective. The author presents both technological creativity in knowledge–intensive industries and artistical creativity in the cultural economy sector in the analysis of the creative capital of cities . Krätke develops a transdisciplinary approach to the analysis of creativity and knowledge generation in an urban context by combining perspectives of economic geography, regional research, and socio–cultural urban studies. Providing deep insights backed up by rigorous empirical analysis,
The Creative Capital of Cities reveals the complex relational dimensions of creativity while offering an alternate path to the assessment of urban economic success.
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List of Illustrations vii

Series Editors Preface x

Introduction 1

1 Creativity and Innovation under the Command of Capital 12

The Capitalist Imperative of Creativity and Innovation 12

Generalizing Models of Urban Economic Development 18

The Role of Innovation and Interurban Competition in Harvey s Theory of Capitalist Urbanization 24

Conclusion 34

2 Creative Cities as a New Urban Growth Ideology: The Impact of Creative Occupations on Regional Economic Success 37

Introduction 37

Critique of Florida s Conception of the Creative Class 39

An Assessment of Regional Economic Success Factors and the Impact of Creative Workers on Regional Development 47

The Impact of Creative Occupational Groups on Regional Economic Development in Germany 52

Relationship between Qualities of Place and the Regional Concentration of Scientifically and Technologically Creative Workers 77

Conclusion 88

3 Innovation and Knowledge Networks in a Metropolitan Region: The Impact of Localization Economies and Networking on Technological Creativity 92

Introduction 92

Innovation and Knowledge Networks: Theoretical Approaches 97

The Application of Network Analysis to Urban Regions Knowledge Networks 104

Geographic Scales and Structural Properties of Knowledge Networks in the Metropolitan Region of Hanover 109

Assessment of Network Impacts on Regional Firms Innovation Output 121

Conclusion 125

4 Creativity in the Culture and Media Industries: The Impact of Commercial Imperatives on Artistic Creativity 128

Introduction 128

The Institutional Order of the Cultural Economy: Creativity in a Capitalist Context 131

Global Centers of the Culture Industry and the Production of Lifestyle Images 146

Conclusion 155

5 Local Clustering of the Cultural Economy in the Metropolis of Berlin: The Urbanization Economies of Artistically Creative Occupations 158

Introduction 158

The Rise of the Cultural Economy in Berlin s Inner–City Area 163

Creative Cities and the Role of the Culture Industries in Urban Economic and Spatial Development: Implications for Urban Regeneration 183

Conclusion 191

6 Synthesis: The Creative Capital of Cities 194

Appendix: Grouping of Occupations and Subsectors 208

References 219

Index 234

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Stefan Krätke
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