“The Creative and the Derivative” appears in Radical History Review

My article “The Creative and the Derivative: Historicizing Creativity under post-Bretton Woods Financialization” has appeared in the journal Radical History Review,  in a special issue (#118) on the “Fictions of Finance” edited by Dara Orenstein and Aaron Carico.

The article can be found here: http://rhr.dukejournals.org/content/2014/118/113.abstract

A preliminary, unproofed version can be found over at my Academia.edu page: https://www.academia.edu/3200373/The_Creative_and_the_Derivative_Historicizing_Creativity_under_post-Bretton_Woods_Financialization

The abstract:

This essay seeks to draw connections between, on the one hand, the financialization of the global economy and everyday life in the post – Bretton Woods era (post-1973) and, on the other, the simultaneous rise to prominence of discourses of creativity in the “new economy.” It argues that the financial sector both orchestrates a fundamentally unequal global division of creative labor and lays claim to an inherent creative power and a duty to unleash “creative destruction” on social and economic life. The essay suggests that the idea of the derivative can help illuminate the wooly rhetoric of “creative capitalism,” “creative cities,” and the “creative economy,” as well as the stark realities of precariousness and self-exploitation that animate labor today. Not only is the derivative the emblematic technology of a financial system based on the quasi-scientific management of risk, it also names creativity’s antonym, and the tension between the two allows one to reconcieve both the financial system and the idea of creativity itself.1001245_10153447403180375_1682773831_n

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