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Global Creation

Marginson, Simon / Murphy, Peter / Peters, Michael A.

Global Creation

Space, Mobility, and Synchrony in the Age of the Knowledge Economy

Year of Publication: 2010

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XII, 304 pp.
ISBN 978-1-4331-0526-5 hardback  (Hardcover)
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Weight: 0.620 kg, 1.367 lbs

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Book synopsis

This lively and original book changes the way we see globalization and the knowledge economy. Creativity, exchange and the open flow of ideas have long shaped states, economies and everyday life. But knowledge now has an extraordinary dynamism. The world is crisscrossed by traffic in people, data and images. A world society is emerging, though governance is yet to reflect this. Global Creation shows that global creativity is transforming in two ways. First, global synchrony and convergence are changing the conception, production and sharing of creative work and this is feeding back into the core structures of the social world. Second, the global dimension is itself a human product and one that is continually being created. This book explores acts of imagining, producing and regulating the global dimension of action in the past, present and future. It will interest all intelligent readers, particularly those engaged with the history of ideas, political economy, sociology, innovation, or business organization. It follows Creativity and the Global Knowledge Economy (Peters, Marginson, Murphy 2009), also published by Peter Lang.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Authors: Simon Marginson is a Professor of Higher Education in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He works on higher education policy, globalization, and comparative and international education. His books include The Enterprise University (with Mark Considine, 2000) and International Student Security (with Chris Nyland, Erlenawati Sawir and Helen Forbes-Mewett, 2010).
Peter Murphy is Associate Professor of Communications at Monash University, Australia. His books include Civic Justice: From Greek Antiquity to the Modern World (2001) and Dialectic of Romanticism: A Critique of Modernism (with David Roberts, 2004). He is coordinating editor of the international critical theory and historical sociology journal Thesis Eleven.
Michael A. Peters is Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His interests focus broadly on education, philosophy and social theory. His books include Building Knowledge Cultures (with Tina Besley, 2006), Knowledge Economy, Development and the Future of the University (with Tina Besley, 2007) and Showing and Doing: Wittgenstein as a Pedagogical Philosopher (with Nick Burbules and Paul Smeyers, 2008). He edits Educational Philosophy and Theory and ejournals Policy Futures in Education and E-Learning.


«‘Global Creation’ is a path-breaking, magisterial treatment of the global knowledge economy in all of its detail and complexity. Thanks to Marginson, Murphy and Peters we discover what they call ‘the K-economy’ a unique space for innovative public and private partnerships, constant networking as well a global market for millions of students. Rich in ideas, they provide us with an unforgettable picture of the new dynamics of power, the fascinating world of state strategies and the cultural categories of creativity in the new global information economy. Critically their research also establishes the structural limits of these markets. In a word, indispensable, provocative and challenging.» (Daniel Drache, Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada)
«This book opens fresh perspectives to the phenomena of Globalization and Knowledge Economy. The authors not only broaden our historical understanding but also open new insights into creativity and its relationship with higher education institutions, the potential sources of innovations in global knowledge economies. The authors claim that we enjoy an enlarged freedom to create in global knowledge economy. Our main challenge is, however, whether we use our growing freedoms for production of meaning, for originality in creativity and design, for ideas that open up our condition and our fate. This excellent and thought-provoking book may be recommended to everyone interested in understanding the nature of creativity and higher education in global knowledge societies.» (Jussi Välimaa, Professor of Higher Education, University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
«Global creation – what does that mean? From one perspective globalization processes have shown us the inescapable and imminent creativity of humans in this world. It seems that the historical creativity – set on form in art by e.g. modern aesthetics, from Baumgarten to Adorno, art as such – however brilliant almost succumbs to the quotidian creativity at large in globalization processes. From another perspective such a view is naive. Global creation is creation under certain terms and taking place in certain confines and contexts – it is under the constraint of form. The current volume attempts to follow creation at large but under the constraint of form: to map globalization as if it was creation proper, yet under the constraint of a particular topic – reflection, knowledge, science. The book is mapping crucial and strategic relations between ‘the protean and the global’ in an intense set of texts focusing on the formation of knowledge as global creation proper. First, it maps the conditions for the emergence of organized knowledge within the pre-modern and modern network of portal urban linkages circumspanning the oceans of the world. Then, it deals with the formation of the ensuing and enduring institutional forms, the modern research universities, as a field where all the prospects and constraints of modern global creativity are playing out. Finally, in the third set of texts, it presents a breathtaking overture of open knowledge and creativity set loose as novel form – complicit with global networks and civil societies and possible new roles for the modern institution of the university. Here we see the agenda of this highly learned work: the fascination of knowledge as a system turning in upon itself and discovering what it means to take command over its own form of creativity, e.g. in the self-reflective process now known as open source – that is, the importance of free, creative and self-reflective intellectual work. Few books have the persistent courage of the present volume: to argue that knowledge is neither primarily of something, nor a constructivist or merely political zero sum game, but in itself a world shaping creative magma and as such shaping aglobal world where there are fewer areas to discover outside our own enigmatic and human creativity.» (Anders Michelsen, Associate Professor and Director of Studies, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
«This is the best attempt so far to interrogate the global dimension of higher education. The book deserves to be widely read by anyone involved and interested in the global context. It is thought-provoking and is directed to the key points, with an air of enchantment.» (Rui Yang, Director, Comparative Education Research Centre, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong China)
«This is a timely and welcome addition to understanding the effects of globalization on knowledge creation and change and how the emergence of new and global forms and systems are reconstituting the conditions of creating and institutionalising the processes of knowledge production. More than anything else, this book gives us insight into how the rise of a new global dimension transforms not just culture and communication, but also science and intellectual production, work and the future, and how indeed our core identities as ‘learning’ and ‘knowing’ beings are being transformed as well. A rich book, pregnant with insight, and warmly welcomed.» (Mark Olssen, Professor of Political Theory and Education, University of Surrey, UK, author of ‘Toward A Global Thin Community: Nietzsche, Foucault and the cosmopolitan commitment’)
«As policy makers turn increasingly to issues of creativity and innovation in seeking the sources of value in the global knowledge society, this superb book provides fertile ground for thinkers of all kinds. It excitingly discusses the various dilemmas, paradoxes, antinomies and enigmas that underlie the conditions for creativity and which provide the liquid environments that so frequently source the new and durable patterns and abstractions of true innovation. Moreover, it does so within that wide appreciation of historical, cultural, aesthetic, economic and educational skeins that sustains integrated multi-disciplinary work at its very best. The specific of the global, its dialectics of openness and closure, the centrality of universities in global processes, the continuing relevance of older theories within the swirl of the new, and the relevance of loose ties for creativity are key themes that are handled in exhilarating yet meticulous style. This lucid book will be read and re-read for its agenda-setting and research-shaping importance.» (Roger King, Visiting Research Professor, Centre for Higher Education Research and Information, Open University, UK)