P21
Collective creativity in everyday life: civil activity between hegemonic structures and flows of ideas

Convenors:
Tiina-Riitta Lappi (Migration Institute of Finland)
Pilvi Hämeenaho (University of Jyväskylä)
Location:
Jakobi 2, 106
Start time:
3 July, 2013 at 10:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

By focusing on collective creativity and civil activity,our aim is to discuss how joining together individuals' common interests and collectively acting upon them in the context of everyday life transforms cultural practices and social landscapes.

Long abstract:

Everyday lives are shaped by various hegemonic social, economic, political and administrative structures. In between these institutional agents civil society functions according to its own values. Individuals have various kinds of needs and desires not fulfilled or met by the official support systems or civil society organizations. This is where collective creativity takes place. Together individuals create practices based on personal everyday life experiences shared with others having similar values and ideas about finding solutions for certain critical issues. Unlike the relatively stable official system of a society, informal practices are flexible and loosely organized. Collective creativity may focus on issues such as child care, sharing a common car, organizing activities in the neighborhood or buying food supplies from local farmers, to mention a few. Joining together of individuals' common interests and acting upon them creates new collective formations and social landscapes. By focusing on grass roots level of collective creativity and its implications on people's everyday lives we aim at more culturally and socially oriented perspective towards civil activity and its' current practices. What happens in the 'shadows' / 'gaps' of the hegemonic systems? Who are the 'agents' involved in varying activities? What motivates people to create novel social and cultural practices? What kinds of cultural issues are at stake when putting new practices into use? What is the relation of such activities with the wider society? We welcome papers dealing with these or any other related aspects of collective creativity in everyday life.