The Politics of Cultural Work

Hardcover | December 15, 2007

byMark Banks

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What is 'cultural work'? How are we to understand the 'art-commerce relation'? The Politics of Cultural Work answers these questions through a wide-ranging study of labour in the cultural industries. It critically evaluates how various sociological traditions - including critical theory, governmentality and liberal-democratic approaches - have sought to theorize the creative cultural worker, in art, music, media and design-based occupations. It evaluates whether the cultural worker should be seen as a creative, autonomous subject - or as a mere victim of the 'culture industry'

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What is 'cultural work'? How are we to understand the 'art-commerce relation'? The Politics of Cultural Work answers these questions through a wide-ranging study of labour in the cultural industries. It critically evaluates how various sociological traditions - including critical theory, governmentality and liberal-democratic approache...

MARK BANKS is Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:242 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:December 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230019218

ISBN - 13:9780230019218

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Table of Contents

Cultural Industries and Cultural Work * The Conditions for Cultural Work * Creativity and the Creative Self * Embeddedness, Locality and "Network Sociality" * Gender and Retraditionalization * Governmentality and Self-Exploitation * Alternative Strategies and Counter-Currents * Cultural Work and Moral Futures * Index