(Digital) tools as professional and generational identity badges in the Chinese creative industries

Liboriussen, Bjarke (2015) (Digital) tools as professional and generational identity badges in the Chinese creative industries. Convergence, 21 (4). pp. 423-436. ISSN 1748-7382

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Abstract

Animators, architects, designers, and others active in the Chinese creative industries are expert users of tools, both analog and digital. Performances of expert tool use (the wearing of professional identity badges) are strategic ways of signaling creativity understood as sets of skills and character traits essential for attracting work projects but also for professional identity formation. Analogue tools are generally associated with creative openness and fluidity whereas digital tools are discursively constructed as a technological other to the analogue. ‘Older’ creatives (born before 1980) tend to apply some of the media-inflected discourse around the balinghou generation (born 1980–1989) to their younger competitors, including an assumed affinity with digital media and technologies (the pinning on of a generational identity badge). Such generational assumptions can have the effect of reinforcing project hierarchies and denying expert users of digital tools their claims to creativity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017 by SAGE Publications
Keywords: Animation; Architecture; Balinghou; China; Creative industries; Creativity; Design; Generational differences; Sketches; Tools
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of International Communications
Identification Number: 10.1177/1354856515579850
Depositing User: Smyth, Neil
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 08:26
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 17:53
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/47288

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