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Description - Hidden Innovation: Policy, Industry and the Creative Sector by Stuart Cunningham

The term 'two cultures' was coined more than 50 years ago by scientist and novelist C.P. Snow to describe the divergence in the world views and methods of scientists and the creative sector. This divergence has meant that innovation systems and policies have focussed for decades on science, engineering, technology and medicine and the industries that depend on them. The humanities, arts and social sciences have been bit players at best; their contributions hidden from research agendas, policy and program initiatives, and the public mind. But structural changes to advanced economies and societies have brought services industries and the creative sector to greater prominence as key contributors to innovation. Hidden Innovation peels back the veil, tracing the way innovation occurs through new forms of screen production enabled by social media platforms as well as in public broadcasting. It shows that creative workers are contributing fresh ideas across the economy, and how creative cities debates need reframing. It traces how policies globally are beginning to catch up with the changing social and economic realities. Cunningham argues that the innovation framework offers the best opportunity in decades to refresh the case for the public role of the humanities, particularly the media, cultural and communication studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780702249556
ISBN-10: 0702249556
Format: Paperback / softback
(209mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: University of Queensland Press
Publisher: University of Queensland Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2013
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Stuart Cunningham

Stuart Cunningham has written extensively on creative industries and innovation. He has been author or editor of Framing Culture (1992), New Patterns in Global Television (1996), Australian Television and International Mediascapes (1996), Floating Lives: The Media and Asian Diasporas (2001), The Australian TV Book (2001) and The Media and Communications in Australia (4th ed, 2006). He has previously edited the 'Cultural and Media Policy' book series for UQP.

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