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Culture, Communication, and Creativity

Reframing the Relations of Media, Knowledge, and Innovation in Society

Edited By Hubert Knoblauch, Mark D. Jacobs and René Tuma

It is the premise of this volume that the rising importance of creativity in modern culture is related to dramatic changes in communication. In the last decades we have witnessed a revolutionary change in the ways we interact with one another. This transformation of the structure of communication is one of the most decisive aspects of the creativity of culture. The full aim of this volume therefore is to explore the resulting transformation in the relations of culture, creativity, and communication.
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Creative Bodies and Creative “Leib”in Everyday Life

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Creative Bodies and Creative “Leib” in Everyday Life

ANNA LISA TOTA

Introduction

The notion of creativity has been marginal for many years in the sociological field. Probably the most interesting attempt to consider the impact of creativity in sociology is that of Wright Mills (1959) with the notion of “sociological imagination,” a kind of creativity at work in the sociological thought. In relation to creativity, sociologists have been able to better explain the impact of the social contexts than the creative processes in themselves. For a long time, this notion in the sociological field has tended to remain “an empty label,” akin to what happened to the notion of genius (De Nora 1995). When it was impossible to explain the reasons why someone was better than someone else (in terms of education, career, etc.), we would use the notion of “genius” or that of “creativity,” especially in the artistic field. It begged a substantive explanation for the added value of an object, an event or a social actor (De Nora 1995).

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