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Culture, Communication, and Creativity

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

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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“Anybody got an idea?”Communicative Forms, Roles and Legitimations in the Communicative Genesis and Negotiation of Social Innovations


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“Anybody got an idea?” Communicative Forms, Roles and Legitimations in the Communicative Genesis and Negotiation of Social Innovations


Is Civil Society innovative? Locally Initiated Innovations for the Spatial Development of Problematised Urban Quarters1

“Longing for the novel” (Güntner 2004, p. 5), the preference for the new, “is virulent in public discourses and becomes the general model for social development” (Güntner 2004, p. 5). Societal developments are, in this sense, strongly connected to processes of innovation. Innovative social change is becoming a “message of salvation.” This “imperative of innovation” is reproduced by the mass media, for one hardly finds a newspaper or news program that does not stress the topic of innovation. Innovations are commonly thought to be economic or technical. However, such a narrow understanding of the term ignores the fact that social innovations are becoming increasingly important and relevant to society (cf. Howaldt & Jacobsen 2010, p. 9).

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