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Introduction: Cultural work, time and trajectory

Banks, Mark; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie (2013). Introduction: Cultural work, time and trajectory. In: Banks, Mark; Gill, Rosalind and Taylor, Stephanie eds. Theorizing Cultural Work: Labour, Continuity and Change in the Cultural and Creative Industries. CRESC. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 1–16.

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[About the book]

In recent years, cultural work has engaged the interest of scholars from a broad range of social science and humanities disciplines. The debate in this ‘turn to cultural work’ has largely been based around evaluating its advantages and disadvantages: its freedoms and its constraints, its informal but precarious nature, the inequalities within its global workforce, and the blurring of work–life boundaries leading to ‘self-exploitation’.

While academic critics have persuasively challenged more optimistic accounts of ‘converged’ worlds of creative production, the critical debate on cultural work has itself leant heavily towards suggesting a profoundly new confluence of forces and effects. Theorizing Cultural Work instead views cultural work through a specifically historicized and temporal lens, to ask: what novelty can we actually attach to current conditions, and precisely what relation does cultural work have to social precedent? The contributors to this volume also explore current transformations and future(s) of work within the cultural and creative industries as they move into an uncertain future.

This book challenges more affirmative and proselytising industry and academic perspectives, and the pervasive cult of novelty that surrounds them, to locate cultural work as an historically and geographically situated process. It will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology, cultural studies, human geography, urban studies and industrial relations, as well as management and business studies, cultural and economic policy and development, government and planning.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2013 The Editors (selection and editorial materia), 2013 The Contributors (individual chapters)
ISBN: 0-415-50233-0, 978-0-415-50233-7
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Research Group: OpenSpace Research Centre (OSRC)
Item ID: 36117
Depositing User: Stephanie Taylor
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2013 10:14
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:44
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