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Title: The production of creative space in Taiwan and China
Author: Rogelja, Igor
ISNI:       0000 0004 5346 6568
Awarding Body: SOAS, University of London
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 2014
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The concept of 'creativity' has in recent years gained significant currency in spatial governance, particularly as a form of urban redevelopment. Looking at three case cities in Taiwan and China, this thesis aims to answer how creativity is incorporated in urban redevelopment schemes and what the deployment of creative strategies means in practice, particularly in marginal urban space. While all the case cities have in recent years adopted a variety of 'creative city policies', they retain a vastly different capacity and style of governance, as well as different configurations of state and non-state actors participating in the production of creative space, resulting in local transformations of related policies. Given that the norms and articulation of urban planning involve mechanisms of state control and management, while creativity is often understood as individual or grassroots practice, the research analyses the different approaches to the production of creative spaces along the state-society ledger, between the commonalities of the macro level and the contingent complexity of the micro level of politics. Using an ethnographic approach, eight creative areas in Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Beijing were analysed, adding to our understanding of how global policy discourses are localized based on differences in the organizational capacity of the state and non-state actors involved. Moreover, the emphasis on non-state actors has provided new insights into tactics of avoidance, persuasion and integration vis-à-vis the state. The resulting typology, differentiating corporative, entrepreneurial and normative approaches to creative space production, helps frame our understanding of how creativity is operationalised, as well as providing a comparative look at the Taiwanese and Chinese state's style of governing.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral