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COMM3960
Module Reading List 14/15

Creative Work in the Cultural Industries, 2017/18, Semester 2
Dr Anna Zoellner
a.zoellner@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Session 1: What this module is about and why we’re studying this issue

Key readings

Banks, Mark (2007) The politics of cultural work. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hesmondhalgh, David (2012)The Cultural Industries, 3rd edition. Sage.

Neff, Gina. 2012.Venture labor : work and the burden of risk in innovative industries, Boston: MIT.

Oakley, Kate (2009) Art Works – a review of the literature on cultural and creative labour markets. (available at http://www.creativitycultureeducation.org/wp-content/uploads/CCE-lit-review-8-a5-web-130.pdf and on VLE)

Ross, Andrew.No-collar : the humane workplace and its hidden costs. New York: Basic Books

Wolff, Janet (1981). The social production of art . London: McMillan

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Session 2 Commerce and creativity

Seminar Readings

Smith, Chris & McKinlay. Alan (2009) Creative labour : working in the creative industries . See Chapter 2, Creative Labour: Content, Contract and Control

Bilton, C. 2014. Uncreativity: the shadow side of creativity, The international journal of cultural policy., DOI:10.1080/10286632.2014.892933

Further reading

Becker, Howard (1982). Art worlds . Berkeley: University of California Press. See Chapter 1 ‘Art worlds and collective activity’ (pp. 1-39) Available as an Online Course reading in the VLE and Chapter 8 ‘Integrated professionals, mavericks, folk artists and naïve artists’ (pp.226-272).

Bilton, C. (2007). Management and creativity : from creative industries to creative management . Oxford, Blackwell.

Florida, Richard (2002) The Rise of the Creative Class  . New York: Basic Books.

Ryan, Bill (1992) Making capital from culture : the corporate form of capitalist cultural production . Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter, chapter 22, pp. 33-60 Available as an Online Course reading in the VLE.

Taylor, S & Littleton, K.2012 Contemporary identities of creativity and creative work. Abingdon: Ashgate.


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Session 3: Work organisation and precarious Labour

Seminar reading

Gil, R & Pratt, A. 2008. In the Social Factory? Immaterial Labour, Precariousness and Cultural Work, Theory, culture & society. vol. 25 no. 7-8 1-30

Further reading

Brophy, Enda and de Peuter, Greig (2007) ‘Immaterial labor, precarity and recomposition’, pp. 177-92 in C. McKerchner and V. Mosco (eds) Knowledge workers in the information society. Lanham, MD: Lexington.

Haunschild, A & Eikhof, D. 2009. Bringing Creativity to Market: Actors as Self-Employed Employees in Smith, Chris & McKinlay. A. (Eds) Creative labour : working in the creative industries.

Lloyd, R. 2006. Neo-Bohemia : art and commerce in the postindustrial city. London: Routledge.

O'Connor, J., M. Banks, A. Lovatt and C. Raffo (2000) `Risk and Trust in the Cultural Industries', Geoforum. 31(4): 453-64.

Ursell, Gillian (2006) ‘Working in the media’, in David Hesmondhalgh (ed.), Media production. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Nelson, B and Rossiter, N. 2008. Precarity as a Political Concept, or, Fordism as Exception.  Theory, culture & society., 25, 7-8, pp 51-72

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Session 4. Exploitation and self-exploitation 

Seminar reading

Banks, Mark (2007) The politics of cultural work  . Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, especially chapter 3 on ‘Governmentality and cultural work’ Available as an Online Course reading in the VLE. 

Further reading

Blair, Helen (2001) ‘“You’re only as good as your last job”: the labour process and labour market in the British film industry’, Work, employment and society. . 15(1): 149-169.

McRobbie, Angela (2002) ‘Clubs to companies, notes on the decline of political culture in speeded-up creative worlds’, Cultural studies. 16,4: 516-31.

Murdock, Graham (2003) ‘Back to work: cultural labor in altered times’, pp. 15-35 in A. Beck (ed.) Cultural work : understanding the cultural industries. London: Routledge

Oakley, K. (2009) From Bohemia to Britart – Art Students over 50 years. Cultural trends., Vol 18, 4, pp 281-294

Wittel, Andreas (2001) “Toward a network sociality”,Theory, culture & society., 51- 76.

Ursell, Gillian (2000) ‘Television production: issues of exploitation, commodification and subjectivity in UK television labour markets’, Media, culture & society. 22(6): 805-25.

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Session 5. Emotional Labour

Seminar reading

Grindstaff, Laura (2002) The money shot : trash, class, and the making of TV talk shows . University of Chicago Press: Chicago, chapter 4, pp. 115-147 Available as an Online Course reading in the VLE.

Further reading

Brophy, Enda and de Peuter, Greig (2007) ‘Immaterial labor, precarity and recomposition’, pp. 177-92 in C. McKerchner and V. Mosco (eds) Knowledge workers in the information society . Lanham, MD: Lexington Available as an Online Course reading in the VLE.

Hesmondhalgh, David and Sarah Baker (2008) ‘Creative work and emotional labour in the television industry’,Theory, culture & society.25(5).

Hochschild, Arlie R. (1983) The managed heart : commercialization of human feeling . University of California Press: Berkeley, chapter 1, pp. 3-23 

Gregg, M. 2011.Work's intimacy. Cambridge:Polity.

Wei, J. 2012. Dealing with reality: Market demands, artistic integrity, and identity work in reality television production,Poetics.40 (2012) 444–466


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Session 6 Reading Week

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Session 7 Gender and Cultural Labour 

Seminar readings

Skillset. 2012. Women in the creative media industries. On VLE.

McRobbie, A. 2002 A. Clubs to Companies Notes on the Decline of Political Culture in Speeded Up Creative Worlds’ in Cultural studies. vol 16, no 4.

Further reading

Gill, R. (2011). Sexism reloaded, or, it's time to get angry again!. Feminist Media Studies, 11(1), 61-71.

McRobbie, A. 2011. Reflections on feminism, immaterial labour and the post-Fordist regime, New formations., Winter 70, pp 60-76.

Proctor-Thomson, S. 2013. Feminist futures of cultural work? Creativity, gender and difference in the digital media sector in, Banks, Gill & Taylor (Eds) Theorizing cultural work : labour, continuity and change in the cultural and creative industries, London: Routledge

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Session 8 Researching cultural work

Burgess , R.G (1991)In the Field: An Introduction To Field Research. London: Routledge. See Chapter 5: ‘Interviews as Conversations’.

Cassell, C. & Symon, G. (eds) (1994)Qualitative methods in organizational research : a practical guide. London: Sage. See Chapter 2, ‘The qualitative research interview’ by Nigel King (pp. 14-35)

Kvale, S. (1996)Interviews : an introduction to qualitative research interviewing. London: Sage.

Silverman, D. (2000) Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook, London: Sage. See Chapter 1 for a brief overview of qualitative research and pp.31-37 on research interviews.

Warren, C.A.B. (2002) ‘Qualitative interviewing’, in Jaber Gubrium and James Holstein (eds.) Handbook of interview research : context & method. London: Sage. Chapter.2 (pp. 83- 102)



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Session 9 - Cultural work as good work – ethics and politics

Seminar Reading

Banks, Mark (2007)The politics of cultural work. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, chapter 5 on ‘Choice, reflexivity and alternative cultural work

Further reading

Bradshaw, A,,McDonagh, P. & Marshall, D. The Alienated Artist and the Political Economy of Organised Art,Consumption, markets & culture., 9:02, 111-117.

Grodach, C., Fister, N., & Murdoch, J. 2014. Gentrification and the Artistic Dividend: The Role of the Arts in Neighbourhood Change. Journal of the American Planning Association..

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Session 10 - Labour Organization and resistance

Seminar Reading

G. de Peuter and N. Cohen. Forthcoming. "Emerging Labour Politics in Creative Industries." In K. Oakley and J. O'Connor (eds.) The Routledge companion to the cultural industries. New York: Routledge. (Not yet published)

Further reading

Bodnar, C (2006) Taking it to the Streets: French Cultural Workers resistance and the Creation of a Precariat Movement,Canadian journal of communication, Vol 31, 675-694

Cohen, N. and de Peuter, G. (2013) “The Politics of Precarity: can the urban worker strategy address precarious employment for all? ” Briarpatch, November/December: 6-9.

Oakley, K. 2013. Absentee workers: representation and participation in cultural industries, in Banks, Gill, & Taylor (Eds).Theorizing cultural work : labour, continuity and change in the cultural and creative industries, London: Routledge.

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Session 11 - Creative labour and public policy

Seminar reading

Oakley, K (2012) ‘Making Workers – Higher Education and the Cultural Industries Workplace’ in Ashton, D. and Noonan, C. (eds.)Cultural work and higher education, Palgrave

Further reading

Allen, K. J. Quinn, S. Hollingworth, and A. Rose (2012) Doing Diversity and Evading Equality: the case of student work placements in the creative sector in Taylor, Y. (ed.) Educational diversity : the subject of difference and different subjects, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hesmondhalgh, D. 2010. User-generated content, free labour and the cultural industries. ephemera [electronic resource]. 10,3/4, pp 267- 284

Perlin, R. 2012.Intern nation. London: Verso.



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