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The Rise of the Creative Class--Revisited by Richard Florida

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CHAPTER 3
The Creative Class
The rise of the Creative Economy has had a profound effect on the sorting of people into social groups or classes, changing the composition of existing ones and creating new ones. I am far from the first to have raised the idea that the advanced industrial economies have given birth to new classes. During the 1960s, Peter Drucker and Fritz Machlup described the growing economic role played by “knowledge workers.” Sometime later, Daniel Bell identified a meritocratic class structure of scientists, engineers, managers, and administrators that had been engendered by the shift from a manufacturing to a “postindustrial” economy. The sociologist Erik Olin Wright has written extensively about the rise of what he called ...

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