chapter  9
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Towards a Sociology of Creativity: Janet Chan


Creativity1 has traditionally occupied a marginal position in sociology and, until the recent decades, few attempts have been made by sociologists to theorise creativity (Joas 1996; Domingues 2000). A review of the creativity literature readily demonstrates that the fi eld has been dominated by philosophical and psychological, rather than sociological, analysis. This is not to say that the social aspects of creativity are ignored by researchers, but they often appear as vaguely defi ned variables such as “social environment” or “social infl uence” in a “shopping list” of individual, psychological and organisational factors associated with creativity. The construction of a sociology of creativity has not been given the attention it deserves.