Creativity and Beyond: Cultures, Values, and Change

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Explores how historical, artistic, and technological developments and cross-cultural exchange have altered our conceptions of creativity.
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In this ambitious, fascinating, copiously referenced work, Weiner (John F. Kennedy Univ.) traces the interpretation and application of the terms create and creativity as they have evolved in the Western world over the centuries. Enriching this sweeping historical perspective, which begins with prebiblical gods and creation myths, is the discussion of the meanings and roles of creativity in the uniquely structured American environment and comparisons with Chinese, "traditional," and some other "non-Western" cultures. Weiner also explores the personal and cultural obstacles to creativity and the shifting tensions between the new and the established, and he emphasizes how, in the emerging global culture, the definitions and values of creativity are changing. This stimulating treatise, based on a compendium of history, philosophies, and trends culled from a wealth of disciplines, is highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries.--Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Alfred Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791444788
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 353
  • Sales rank: 708,086
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

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Part One
The Formulation of the Concept of "Creativity" in Western History

Creativity, the West, and History

The Bible

Ancient Greece and Rome

Tradition and Imitation in the Medieval West

The Renaissance and the Invention of the Creative Ideal

The Enlightenment

Revolution, Modernity, and the Invention of Creativity

Creativity in the Contemporary Global Context

Part Two
Cross-Cultural Variables

The Ideology of Creativity in the United States

Conceptions of Creativity in "Traditional" and "Non-Western" Cultures

China: From Traditional Culture through Revolution to . . . ?

Part Three
Creativity in Practice

Everyday Obstacles to Creativity in Our Society

Creativity and Some Contemporary Policy Issues in the United States

Conclusion: Creativity and beyond




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