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Politicizing Creative Economy: Activism and a Hunger Called Theater

Dia Da Costa


This book rethinks the hegemonic and sentimental optimism around the arts and creative economy by politicizing a global discursive regime that effectively asks the poor to eat heritage. Critical scholarship largely views creative economy as new, as applicable to the de-industrializing global North, and as neoliberal commodification and governmentality. It neglects complex and intersecting histories of national, colonial, development, and progressive politics; longstanding uses of creative practices to remake economies and polities; and spatial specificities that give a global discourse tractio ... More

Keywords: creative economy, neoliberal commodification, sentimental optimism, nationalism, creativity, activism, Jana Natya Manch, Budhan Theatre, criminal tribe, transnational feminist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040603
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040603.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dia Da Costa, author
Queen's University

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