Creative Industries in Canada
This ambitious collection aims to guide students through the current landscape of Canadian creative industries through three thematic sections. “Production” collects chapters focused on how national discourses and identities are produced through creative industries and the tensions that exist between policy and media. “Participation” explores how we engage with these industries in different roles: as consumer, creator, policy-maker, and more. “Pedagogies” explores how education impacts inclusion and visibility in creative industries.
Truly intersectional, Creative Industries in Canada provides students with practical industry knowledge and frameworks to explore the current state of the field and its future. With a broad application to many undergraduate programs, this text is a must-read resource for those pursuing media studies, arts management, creative and cultural industries studies, communications, and arts and humanities.
- provides an intersectional perspective of current creative industries in Canada, critiquing how diversity, inclusion, and equity impact the field
- broadens the scope of Canadian creative industries by exploring underexamined fields like podcasting, gaming, comedy, education, performance art, and more
- pedagogically rich, with a glossary of terms, outlines of core concepts, and suggested activities for each chapter
“This collection is a welcome contribution to the rich critical discourse on Canadian creative industries and cultural policy. Thoughtfully curated by Thompson and Campbell, the chapters encompass a wide range of cultural forms and provide timely intersectional analysis of key issues in creative production, participation, and pedagogy, to the great benefit of researchers, teachers, and students alike.”
—Dr. Felan Parker, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Books & Media Studies, St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto
“Thompson and Campbell have edited a book that is essential reading for creative industries scholars and students. Taking a broad and expansive view of the meaning of creative industries, along with the academic disciplines that are relevant to understanding them, the book introduces key issues and case studies to show the difference between the promise and the reality of creative industries in Canada. Most significantly, the book acts as a rallying call for creative industries scholarship globally, to go beyond the usual starting points of British, Australian, and American literature and sources.”
—Dave O’Brien, Professor, Cultural and Creative Industries, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
“Creative Industries in Canada provides a progressive social and philosophical perspective on Canada’s ever expanding and increasingly important creative industries. From game design to podcasting, museums to film and television, creative communities and so forth, the book’s many diverse voices challenge our colonial cultural policies and past business practices that still continue to influence how we tell our Canadian stories, and who our creative industries speak for. This is an important book raising issues Canadian artists, activists, entrepreneurs, and educators should confront.”
—Jean Desormeaux, Professor, Creative Industries Management, Sheridan College, Canada
“This is fascinating and necessary work! Each chapter interrogates “givens” from Canada’s creative sector, inviting the reader to consider multiple perspectives on many issues. My Humber College post-graduate arts management learners will rely on this text to bring rigour to our consideration of some of Canada’s prime examples of creative industries’ roles, functions and challenges. In a post-pandemic era of porous national borders, arts managers worldwide can also learn from these well-articulated examples of Canadian creative industries’ conundra.”
—T. Anne Frost, Program Coordinator, Arts Administration and Cultural Management, Faculty of Media and Creative Arts, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning