Creativity: mapping the rhetorics.
The Routledge international handbook of creative learning.
Routledge, New York; London, ?-?.
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||Even a cursory perusal of the history of research into creativity reveals several robust and persistent trends, a plethora of ‘descriptive anecdotes’ or reference to ‘psychological characteristics’ or ‘processes’. Depending on the tradition to which the researcher belongs these trends are associated with a series of political and philosophical presuppositions about human beings and society that are seldom traced back to their historical roots. Recent trends see creative activity as both a cure for the ills of an increasingly troubled society, and as a charm to unlock the potential and boost the morale of demotivated and excluded sections of children and youth, the populace, the community or the work-force. Via an exploration of a number of contemporary and persistent political and philosophical traditions in the theorising of creativity, this chapter delineates a series of rhetorical stances taken up in this regard. Concurrently, the chapter asks whose interests some of these conceptualisations serve; questions whether there is any point in trying to find a singular definition that encompasses the many ‘creativities’ that have been conceptualised; and examines the methodological potentials of a rhetorical approach to the subject. Due to be published January 2011.
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