Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Becoming CreativeInsights from Musicians in a Diverse World$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Juniper Hill

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199365173

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199365173.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 27 November 2020

Interpreting Creative Experience across Diverse Musical Communities

Interpreting Creative Experience across Diverse Musical Communities

(p.1) 1 Interpreting Creative Experience across Diverse Musical Communities
Becoming Creative

Juniper Hill

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces creativity as a fundamental human desire and activity that is culturally embedded and socially regulated. Examples are drawn from classical, jazz, and traditional musicians in Cape Town, Helsinki, and Los Angeles. Conducting in-depth qualitative research among such diverse communities poses methodological challenges but also reveals rich insights. The chapter proposes a model of creativity based on these musicians’ experiences and discusses the components of generativity, agency, interaction, nonconformity, recycling, and flow. It theorizes why societies do not always value creativity and how they regulate it, addressing issues of power, punishment, socially induced emotions, motivation, and morality. Common enablers and inhibitors of creativity are introduced. Classical, jazz, and traditional music scenes in Cape Town, Helsinki, and Los Angeles are compared and contrasted.

Keywords:   creativity, creative process, cross-cultural research methods, nonconformity, social pressures to conform, motivation, shame, Cape Town, Helsinki, Los Angeles

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .