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Local Developement and Creative Industries

Empirical, methodological and theoretical reflections

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The world is becoming increasingly more globalised. That is a big and subtle force often demanding national and local harmonisation. Traditional industrial sectors moves from the western hemisphere to other parts of the world. The need for future oriented, explorative and innovative ideas and studies is immanent. In Sweden and other modern societies there is often a strong belief in reform, that it is possible to change societal structures, processes and idelogies from above by introducing new ideas and financing R & D.

This book presents a wide range of approaches to the study of local development and creative industries. Seven authors' presents a volume organised in three parts. Part I offers empirical studies on a growing experience economy, and also heritage, design and Factor 10 as a resource for development. Part II offers a methodological study on narrative as a force for company development. This part also offers reflections on localisation, regionalisation and globalisation, neo-institutionalism and symbolic aspects of policy.

Innocation, Triple Helix and the creative industries are often presented as a panacea for local development from above. Rarely has it been shown to be a wave of success. Simple answers to complex problems often houses logical error, which means that everyday development projects often results in errors. This valume aims to illustrate an empirical, methodological and theoretical agenda for local development from the bottom and partially implement a new and interactive role of researchers.


Dorit Christensen, Conny Pettersson & David Rylander

The Experience Economy and Creative Industries
Saeid Abbasian & Carina Hellgren

Part I - Empirical Reflections

Women in Creative Industries
Saeid Abbasian & Carina Hellgren

Heritage as a Local and Regional Resource
Torkel Molin

Business, Design and Factor 10 - Sustainable Development in Creative Industries
Anders Bro & Conny Pettersson

Creating Passion for Work
Dorit Christensen

Part II - Methodological Reflections

Made Visible Through Narrative
Dorit Christensen

Interactive Knowledge - Research and Practice Collaboration for Sustainable Development
Conny Pettersson & Anders Bro

Is "Development" Necessary to Innovation?
Conny Pettersson & Anders Bro

Part III - Conceptual and Theoretical Reflections

Regional Developments in a Changing World
David Rylander

Regionalisation in Local-Global Interplay
David Rylander

Local-Global Dynamics in Light of the Structuration Theory
Conny Pettersson

From Idea to Institution - A Process of Diffusion or Translation?
Conny Pettersson

Metaphors and Myths in Political Life - Policy and Practice according to Murray Edelman
Conny Pettersson

Final Thoughts, Further Questions, Future Research
Conny Pettersson