Creative vocations and cultural value

Brook, S 2015, 'Creative vocations and cultural value' in Kate Oakley and Justin O'Connor (ed.) The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries, Routledge, New York, United States, pp. 296-304.

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Title Creative vocations and cultural value
Author(s) Brook, S
Year 2015
Title of book The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication New York, United States
Editor(s) Kate Oakley and Justin O'Connor
Start page 296
End page 304
Subjects Communication Studies
Cultural Theory
Summary This chapter advances a general proposition concerning current levels of cultural work; namely, that growth in the field of cultural work is a consequence of increased competition for skilled jobs. It argues that although creative labour studies provides a healthy dose of scepticism in relation to claims for the rising significance of creativity as an economic input in the context of a 'knowledge society', we should not neglect the widespread labour market trends that have emerged during the period in which such policy-making has prevailed. The chapter hence reviews recent labour market studies on the phenomena of 'overeducation', a key dimension of underemployment that has been relatively neglected by creative labour studies, as well as the decline in demand for intermediate skilled work (i.e. the 'hourglass economy' ). Drawing on the simple observation that cultural work is first and foremost a form of investment in the self, it proposes that participation in the field of cultural production has expanded during this period as it provides a practical resource for remedying the effects of, as well as augmenting, increased competition for skilled jobs. Such an approach permits creative labour studies to look beyond the auteurist thesis on motivations for cultural work in favour of the practical economy that subtends this value position; and to broaden the object of study beyond a focus on cultural industries employment to consider the field of creative vocations.
Copyright notice © 2015 Kate Oakley and Justin OConnor for selection and editorial matter; individual contributions the contributors
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