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The Rise of the Creative Class

And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
Florida, Richard L. (Book - 2002)
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Baker & Taylor
Argues that the social changes of the past few decades have occurred by choice rather than involuntarily, citing the rise of a new creative social class that derives its identity and values from its roles as purveyors of creativity and finds its basis in the economy. 40,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
A maverick economist looks at the growing influence of today's newest "Creative Class" and offers innovative and practical lessons for business and workers

Many writers have commented on the massive social changes of the past few decades, but most of them have treated these shifts as something imposed on us, by technology or the marketplace. This is wrong, says Richard Florida: we've chosen to alter our values, work, and lifestyle, and for good economic reasons. Why have we done this?Florida finds the answer in the rise of a new social class. Like other classes, its basis is economic. Just as the feudal aristocracy derived its identity and values from its hereditary control of land and people, and the bourgeoisie derived its identity and values from its role as merchants of goods, the Creative Class derives its identity and values from its role as purveyors of creativity. When we see ourselves as "creative," our self-image affects the choices we make in every area of our lives.Based on a massive body of research, The Rise of the Creative Class chronicles the ongoing sea-change in people's choices and attitudes, and shows not only what's happening but also how it stems from a fundamental economic change. The Creative Class now comprises nearly forty million Americans, or more than 25% of all employed people. The choices these people make have already had a huge economic impact, and in the future they will determine how the workplace is organized, what companies will prosper or go bankrupt, and even which cities will thrive or wither.

Authors: Florida, Richard L.
Statement of Responsibility: Richard Florida
Title: The rise of the creative class
and how it's transforming work, leisure, community and everyday life
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, c2002
Characteristics: xii, 404 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p.353-381) and index
Contents: 1. The transformation of everyday life
Part One: The Creative Age. 2. The creative ethos. 3. The creative economy. 4. The creative class
Part Two: Work. 5. The machine shop and the hair salon. 6. The horizontal labor market. 7. The no-collar workplace. 8. Managing creativity. 9. The time warp
Part Three: Life and Leisure. 10. The experimental life. 11. The big morph (a rant)
Part Four: Community. 12. The power of place. 13. The geography of creativity. 14. Technology, talent and tolerance. 15. From social capital to creative capital. 16. Building the creative community. 17. The creative class grows up
Subject Headings: Human capital Technology and civilization Creative ability in technology United States Social conditions 1981- United States Economic conditions 1981- Social classes United States Leisure United States Work ethic United States Creative ability Social aspects Creative ability Economic aspects
Topical Term: Human capital
Technology and civilization
Creative ability in technology
Social classes
Work ethic
Creative ability
Creative ability
ISBN: 0465024769
Research Call Number: JFE 02-15037
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The updated 10th anniversary edition was published this year (2012). The new edition incorporates new research and further refinement of the parameters of the Creative Class. The author has also added five new chapters discussing the Class's effects.


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