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date: 26 July 2021

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This article examines the relationship between the creative industries, culture, and development. It characterizes the debate in two parts: development debates in relation to the creative industries; and the ideas underpinning them, including that of culture. The first, which is termed culture in development, is characterized as being shaped by instrumental and idealist motivations. The second, cultures of development, draws upon a concern with the diverse ways in which culture is produced and consumed. The article finds in favour of the latter view for two reasons: first, cultural production, including that of creative products, has changed in its scale and organization and policy needs to respond to this; second, that in absolute terms the creative industries play a more significant role in both the social and economic life of nation states: in short they have moved from the periphery to the mainstream. It is concluded that more investigation is needed of the embedding of social, cultural and economic of culture in places; and, local capacity building in the context of global cultural value chains and production networks.

Keywords: Creative industries, policy, development, global trade, culture

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