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Creativity and the Social Space
From Classic Intellectual Cafes to
Contemporary Cafe Connectivity
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As more cities build a local economy on art and
creativity, the cafe is not only a place to enjoy a cup of
coffee, it is also a space - distinct from its urban environment
- in which to reflect and take part in intellectual debate.
Since the eighteenth century in Europe,
intellectuals and artists have gathered in cafes to exchange
ideas, inspirations and information that has driven the cultural
agenda for the world The café as an institutional site has been
the subject of renewed interest amongst scholars in the past
decade, and its role in the development of art, ideas and
culture has been explored in some detail.
Learn how cafes have undergone a transformation
into a space where contemporary knowledge workers interact both
face-to-face and on the Internet.
The role of the city as a place of
creativity based on social interaction.
Cafes as a bridge between daytime work
space to the nighttime economy
Rise of the Internet and the
transformation of the cafe as the world increasingly shifts
from industrial to intellectual labor
Review of generation surveys and
details of how urban social interaction produces creativity.
References from writers, painters, and
intellectuals about cafe space and creativity.
Making urban socializing spaces more
Co-author of a forthcoming book on the Cafe and
Creativity published by Ashgate Publishing, Scott Haine received his Ph.D. at the University of
Wisconsin Madison and currently teaches at the
University of Maryland University College. His books
include The World of the Parisian Café: Sociability
Among the French Working Class, 1789-1914 (Johns
Hopkins University Press, 1996), The History of
France, (Greenwood Press, 2000), chosen by Choice as
an outstanding academic title for 2001 and The
Customs and Culture of France (Greenwood Press,
2006). Read more.