Be creative: Making a living in the new cultural industries

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"In this exciting new book Angela McRobbie charts the 'euphoric' moment of the new creative economy, as it rose to prominence in the UK during the Blair years, and considers it from the perspective of contemporary experience of economic austerity and uncertainty about work and employment. McRobbie makes some bold arguments about the staging of creative economy as a mode of 'labour reform'; she proposes that the dispositif of creativity is a fine-tuned instrument for acclimatising the expanded, youthful urban middle classes to a future of work without the raft of entitlements and security which previous generations had struggled to win through the post-war period of social democratic government. Adopting a cultural studies perspective, McRobbie re-considers resistance as 'line of flight' and shows what is at stake in the new politics of culture and creativity. She incisively analyses 'project working' as the embodiment of the future of work and poses the question as to how people who come together on this basis can envisage developing stronger and more protective organisations and associations. Scattered throughout the book are excerpts from interviews with artists, stylists, fashion designers, policy-makers, and social entrepreneurs"-- Introduction: Pedagogical encounters and creative economy -- Clubs to companies: notes on the decline of political culture in speeded-up creative worlds -- Unpacking the politics of creative labour -- The artist as human capital: new labour, creative economy, art worlds -- The gender of post-fordism: 'passionate work', 'risk class' and 'a life of one's own' -- Fashion matters Berlin: city-spaces, women's working lives, new social enterprise? -- A good job well done? Richard Sennett and the new work regime -- Conclusion: European perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)154-156
Number of pages3
JournalCreative Industries Journal
Issue number1
Early online date28 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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