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Book Title: The Rise of the Creative Class: And How it's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life|
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ISBN 13: 9781864032567
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The author of the book: Richard Florida
Edition: Basic Books
Date of issue: December 4th 2003
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Oh, Richard Florida. So close and yet so far. I think his heart is in the right place, but, as a member of Florida's vaunted "creative class," I must kindly tell him his theory is fucked. And here's why:
--It's written from an unbelievably myopic, elite perspective. Much like Thomas Friedman, Florida seems utterly incapable of seeing the world beyond the veil of privilege that protects him and his fellow business gurus from the real world.
--Everything is bolstered by spurious quantitative methods without any real qualitative perspective, and even then, the quantitative research seems contradictory, unreliable, and insufficient.
--Florida does acknowledge the arguments of those who believe that the current "creative economy" leads to marginalization, but doesn't give them any serious regard. Instead, he just tells a glossy anecdote.
--He has a complete misunderstanding of Bohemianism. Sorry, but liking the Beatles hasn't been considered "Bohemian" for a long time, but he seems to still think that the once-subversive is still subversive. This subsumption of subversion into bourgeois culture isn't a new phenomenon. See: Stravinsky, Picasso, Byron.
--When I do agree with him, it's because he just presents an obvious point in a slick way. And how appalled am I when he invokes thinkers I admire-- Daniel Bell, Jane Jacobs, Manuel Castells-- to buttress his limp arguments.
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Read information about the authorRichard Florida (born 1957 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American urban studies theorist.
Richard Florida's focus is on social and economic theory. He is currently a professor and head of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, at the University of Toronto. He also heads a private consulting firm, the Creative Class Group.
Prof. Florida received a PhD from Columbia University in 1986. Prior to joining George Mason University's School of Public Policy, where he spent two years, he taught at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College in Pittsburgh from 1987 to 2005. He was named a Senior Editor at The Atlantic in March 2011 after serving as a correspondent for TheAtlantic.com for a year.