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date: 21 November 2017

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There is no creativity without culture because creativity is a phenomenon that results in products and ideas that are valued differently within different cultural contexts, to be appreciated, embraced, cultivated, or rejected. For decades, studies have outlined contrasting conceptions of creativity across cultures or emphasized the role of the cultural context in the development, expression, and assessment of creativity. In this chapter, the authors discuss the development of creativity in light of cross-cultural, bicultural, and multicultural studies after presenting a general overview of creativity as a field of investigation in psychology, including a general definition and related “cultural variations” of its conception. The authors also consider how cultures’ increasing proximity to each other and globalization may ultimately impact creativity as a field and as a tangible psychological phenomenon.

Keywords: creativity, cross-cultural creativity, bicultural creativity, multicultural creativity, development of creativity, creativity and education

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