Creativity is currently being redefined in more inclusive and accurate ways. This article examines old and new ways of viewing creativity, focusing especially on how creativity has been considered a male preserve and the need for a more inclusive definition that includes areas such as “everyday creativity.” It places definitions of creativity in their social and historical context, showing how a society’s orientation to a partnership model or a dominator model affects what and who is considered creative. It proposes an un-gendered definition of creativity; highlights the need for this broader definition to meet the enormous contemporary challenges we face; and distinguishes between innovativeness and creativity.
creativity, gender, partnership dominator, everyday creativity, arts, crafts, culture
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Eisler, Riane; Donnelly, Gabrielle; and Montuori, Alfonso
"Creativity, Society, and Gender: Contextualizing and Redefining Creativity,"
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