Creativity is getting new attention in today’s America––along the way revealing fault lines in U.S. culture. Surveys show people overwhelmingly seeing creativity as both a desirable trait and a work enhancement, yet most say they just aren’t creative. Like beauty and wealth, creativity seems universally desired but insufficiently possessed. Businesses likewise see innovation as essential to productivity and growth, but can’t bring themselves to risk new ideas. Even as one’s "inner artist" is hyped by a booming self-help industry, creative education dwindles in U.S. schools.

Anxious Creativity: When Imagination Fails examines this conceptual mess, while focusing on how America’s current edginess dampens creativity in everyone. Written in an engaging and accessible style, Anxious Creativity draws on current ideas in the social sciences, economics, and the arts. Discussion centers on the knotty problem of reconciling the expressive potential in all people with the nation’s tendency to reward only a few. Fortunately, there is some good news, as scientists, economists, and creative professionals have begun advocating new ways of sharing and collaboration. Building on these prospects, the book argues that America’s innovation crisis demands a rethinking of individualism, competition, and the ways creativity is rewarded.

chapter |6 pages


Imagination in Crisis
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part I|3 pages

Creative Subjects

chapter 1|25 pages

Anxious Moments

Anticipation Meets Uncertainty
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chapter 2|22 pages

Creative You

Self-Help to the Rescue
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chapter 3|28 pages

The Neoliberal Imagination

When More Is Not Enough
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part II|3 pages

Creative Differences

chapter 4|21 pages

Everyday Creativity

Are We All Artists Now?
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chapter 5|27 pages

Creative Differences

How to Raise a Genius
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chapter 6|30 pages

Divine Madness

The Crazy-Artist Myth
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part III|3 pages

Creative Industries

chapter 7|22 pages

Factories of Knowledge

Why Schools Kill Creativity
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chapter 8|25 pages

Industries of Culture

Masterpieces vs. Dream Machines
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chapter 9|27 pages

Creative Economies

“Big Magic” or Empty Promises?
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part IV|3 pages

Creative Societies

chapter 10|22 pages

Becoming Creative

The One and the Many
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chapter 11|27 pages

Distributed Creativity

Toward a Sharing Economy
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chapter 12|20 pages

Imaginary Worlds

Utopia and Virtuality
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