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The Politics of Cultural Work
 
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The Politics of Cultural Work
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
09 Nov 2007
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The cultural industries are widely promoted as a solution to problems of de-industrialization and economic crisis - offering Western economies new jobs and sources of revenue. Furthermore, the cultural industries workplace, with its seemingly fluid and informal structures and boundless opportunities for creative expression appears to offer a seductive blueprint for the future needs of all work. But is this really so? Mark Banks investigates the constraints and freedoms of cultural work and, in particular, the ways in which different sociological traditions have sought to theorize the cultural workplace and the creative cultural worker are assessed. Drawing on critical theory, governmentality and liberal-democratic approaches, this book gets to the heart of cultural work and the 'art-commerce relation' that it contains - it asks, are cultural workers at the vanguard of a new autonomy, or merely the alienated victims of the 'culture industry'?


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The cultural industries are widely promoted as a solution to problems of de-industrialization and economic crisis - offering Western economies new jobs and sources of revenue. Furthermore, the cultural industries workplace, with its seemingly fluid and informal structures and boundless opportunities for creative expression appears to offer a seductive blueprint for the future needs of all work. But is this really so? Mark Banks investigates the constraints and freedoms of cultural work and, in particular, the ways in which different sociological traditions have sought to theorize the cultural workplace and the creative cultural worker are assessed. Drawing on critical theory, governmentality and liberal-democratic approaches, this book gets to the heart of cultural work and the 'art-commerce relation' that it contains - it asks, are cultural workers at the vanguard of a new autonomy, or merely the alienated victims of the 'culture industry'?


Reviews

'This is an enormously helpful resource for understanding cultural work and an important contribution to social theory. Banks is brave enough to offer hope, but intelligent enough to show that there are no easy answers to the important political questions he raises'. - Professor David Hesmondhalgh, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, UK


Contents

Acknowledgements
Introducing Cultural Work
'Culture Industry' and Cultural Work
Governmentality and Cultural Work
The Construction of Creativity
Choice, Reflexivity and 'Alternative' Cultural Work
Space, Place and Cultural Work
Cultural Work and Moral Futures
Appendix
Bibliography
Index


Authors

MARK BANKS is Reader in Sociology, The Open University, UK. Formerly a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, his principal interest is in cultural economy, especially processes of work and identity formation in the cultural industries. Other research interests include the sociology of creativity, cultural policy, space and cultural criminology.