Creativity as a Diverse Human Universal

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Abstract

Reviews the book, The International Handbook of Creativity, edited by James C. Kaufman and Robert J. Sternberg (see record 2006-05841-000). The book is structured such that more than half of the chapters deal with European-American perspectives (British-American, Latin American, Spanish, French, German, Scandinavian, Polish, and Russian-Soviet); two deal with Middle Eastern perspectives (Israeli and Turkish); three, with Asian perspectives (Chinese, Korean, and Indian); and one, with an African perspective. Two cultures were conspicuous by their absence: Australia was the only missing continent (and was not included in the chapters from English-speaking countries), and Japan was not included. Other than those omissions, however, the book offers uniquely wide-ranging perspectives from every continent in the world on creativity and creativity research. The most valuable contribution to the book is the mere fact that it gives voice to researchers from all major continents of the world (except Australia). There are substantive contributions being made by people other than U.S. citizens, and their perspectives and findings are not just supplemental but substantive advances to creativity research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved)

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