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Creativity in context: the ecology of creativity evaluations and practices in an artistic craft

Glăveanu, Vlad Petre (2010) Creativity in context: the ecology of creativity evaluations and practices in an artistic craft. Psychological Studies, 55 (4). pp. 339-350. ISSN 0033-2968

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Abstract

The present article reports a study on the use of a multiple feedback methodology for creativity evaluation in the case of Romanian Easter eggs. Four groups of evaluators —i.e. ethnographers, priests, art teachers and folk artists—all members of professional communities relevant for this particular folk art participated in the study. They almost unanimously appreciated ‘traditional’ wax decorated eggs as highly creative for their designs, aesthetics and the hard work and talent they require but opinions diverged when commenting on the creativity of other types of Easter eggs. At a more general level, two broad evaluation patters were found, corresponding to whether respondents participate or not in decoration practices. Identifying these patterns comes to reinforce the idea that creativity evaluations, as well as creative activity, are rooted in the social and cultural contexts of the participants and these contexts share important similarities but also marked differences.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springer.com/psychology/journal/12646
Additional Information: © 2010 Springer
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2011 10:47
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/39031/

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