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Contribution interculturelle à l'étude de modélisations de l'agir créatif contemporain

Abstract : Synopsis Each creator transgresses norms and undoes boundaries. If human action is by definition creative, the soaring-up towards the height of creativity remains, however, a relatively rare phenomenon. Up to now, only few studies have examined in interrelationship the different levels of creative experience. Through the anthropological lens used here -one particularly suited to the cross-cultural approach required by this research focus-it was possible to bring together the words and views of experts and masters who have devoted their entire lives to the creative state and process. Driven more by the quest for meaning than by mere analytical exposition, this study aims at an understanding of the depths (as opposed to the simple surface layers) of creative experience. In a fusion between researcher and researched, this study has tested its "subject matter" in a way leading its author to test himself-as-(subject)-matter. As the writing unfolded, this doctoral thesis itself became an experience of the creative process, one mirroring the model of creation highlighted here. Approximately twenty non-directive interviews were conducted for this study. The conceptual categories derived from these are examined for the qualitative insights they offer. Based on these categories and as a stepping-stone towards broader theorisation, the present study develops a model of the creative state and process. This study contradicts the often-alleged radical opposition between Chinese and Western thought: its findings instead reveal a pattern of creative action common to China and the West. Like the art of Chinese calligraphy, taijiquan reveals itself a valuable doorway to uncovering this shared pattern. Precisely through its focus on taijiquan, this study hopes to contribute to the undoing of the myth of alterity. This thesis foregrounds that fundamentally, all genuine form of creation leads to a profound transformation/refashioning of the creating individual. However, this claim is made without reductionism: though all experienced creative beings master the art of entering and abiding in the creative state, a part of it remains mysterious and elusive. Thus, beyond recurring and converging patterns, each creative path also remains individually unique in the end.
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Eric Caulier. Contribution interculturelle à l'étude de modélisations de l'agir créatif contemporain. Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie. Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, 2012. Français. ⟨tel-00747998⟩



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