Creativity narratives among college students: Sociability and everyday creativity

Mark A. Pachucki, Jennifer C. Lena, Steven J. Tepper

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Despite foundations in early pragmatism, research on social patterning of creative action has been scarce in the multidisciplinary literature on creativity. We address this by exploring how students perceive their creative contributions to college life. By analyzing narratives, we find that the majority of creativity is associated with everyday experiences and social interactions, in contrast to a popular and scholarly focus on extraordinary individual achievement in domains like art and science. We also find strong trends in sociability as students negotiate both "where they stand" with regards to those around them as well as "how they stand out" as individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-149
Number of pages28
JournalSociological Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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