Troubling the creative imaginary: Some possibilities of ecological thinking for music and learning

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The concept of creative ecologies has been taken up variously including as a phenomenon linked to commercial interests and the emerging creative economy and, as a socially just and sustainable phenomenon that provides opportunity for the participation of all in creative work. This chapter explores contemporary understandings and applications of ecological thinking in order to interrogate current conceptions of creativity, and considers the implications for music and music learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMusical Imaginations
Subtitle of host publicationMultidisciplinary Perspectives on Creativity, Performance and Perception
EditorsDavid Hargreaves, Dorothy Miell, Raymond Macdonald
Place of PublicationOxford UK
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780191731044
ISBN (Print)9780199568086
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Creative ecology
  • Ecological thinking
  • Music learning
  • Musical creativity

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