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Module Reading List 18/19

Creative Work in the Cultural Industries, 2019/20, Semester 2
Anna Zoellner
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

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

Seminar Readings

Deuze, M., 2016. Managing media workers. In Managing media firms and industries : what's so special about media management? ISBN: 9783319085159 (e-book) (pp. 329-341). Springer, Cham.

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 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

Caves, R. (2000) Creative industries : contracts between art and commerce ISBN: 0674008081 (pbk). Harvard University Press, Chapter 1 Introduction pp1-17. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (fad 07/02/2019) 

Keat, R. 1999. Market boundaries and the commodification of culture. In: L. Ray and S. Sayers (eds) Culture and economy after the cultural turn ISBN: 0761958177 (pbk.) : No price; 0761958169. London: Sage, pp. 92-111.

Further reading

Becker, Howard (1982). Art worlds. Berkeley: University of California Press. See Chapter 1 ‘Art worlds and collective activity’ (pp. 1-39) 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.

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

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

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

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Session 3: Autonomy and alienation

Seminar reading

Banks, Mark. (2010) Autonomy guaranteed? Cultural work and the “art-commerce relation”. Journal for cultural research. ISSN: 1479-7585. 14(3), pp.251-269.

Duffy, B. (2015). Amateur, autonomous, and collaborative: Myths of aspiring female cultural producers in Web 2.0. Critical studies in media communication ISSN: 1529-5036, 32(1), 48-64.

Further reading

Rey, P. J. (2012). Alienation, exploitation, and social media. American behavioral scientist. ISSN: 0002-7642, 56(4), 399-420.

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Session 4: 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.

Lee, David (2012) The Ethics of Insecurity: Risk, Individualisation and Value in British Independent Television Production. Television & New Media ISSN: 1527-4764. DOI: 10.1177/1527476411424419

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 5. Exploitation, self-exploitation and Governmentality 

Seminar reading

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

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

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.

Hesmondhalgh, D. 2010. User-generated content, free labour and the cultural industries. Ephemera : theory and politics in organization. . 10,3/4, pp 267- 284 - Available online:

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.

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Session 6. Gender and affective labour in media work

Seminar reading

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

Thornham, S. (2017) ‘Reflections on Equality, Diversity and Gender at the End of a Media Studies Headship’, Television & New Media ISSN: 1527-4764 18(7): 689-696.

Further reading

Banks, M. (2017) Creative justice : cultural industries, work and inequality ISBN: 9781786601308 (electronic book); 1786601303 (electronic book); 9781786601285 (hardcover alkaline paper); 178660129X; 1786601281. Rowman and Littlefield

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

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.

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 

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 7. Good and meaningful work

Seminar readings

Hesmondhalgh, David and Anna Zoellner (2012) Is Media Work Good Work? A Case Study of Television Documentary, in: Valdivia, AN, (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, pp: 557- 581.

Jeppesen, S., & Petrick, K. (2018). Toward an intersectional political economy of autonomous media resources. Interface. ISSN: 1742-5689; 1742-5662 A Journal on Social Movements, 10.

Further reading

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

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..

Keat, Russell (2009) Antiperfectionism, market economies and the right to meaningful work, Analyse und Kritik, 31(1): 121-138.

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Session 8. Researching media work

Further reading

Bruun, H. (2016) The Qualitative Interview in Media Production Studies, in; Paterson, C. et al (eds) Advancing media production research : shifting sites, methods, and politics ISBN: 9781137541932; 1137541938; 9781137541949 (ebook) New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 131-147

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) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

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Session 9. Representations of media work

Seminar Reading

Jennings, E. (2016). The librarian stereotype: How librarians are damaging their image and profession. College & undergraduate libraries ISSN: 1069-1316, 23(1), 93-100.

McNair, B. (2011). Journalists in film: heroes and villains. Australian Journalism Review, 33(1), 133.

Further reading

Bereton, Pat (2009) Hollywood Representations of Irish Journalism: A Case Study of Veronica Guerin. Irish Communications Review. 11: 104-114.

Halfyard, Janet (2006) Screen playing: cinematic representations of classical music performance and European identity, in: Mera, Miguel and David Burnand (eds) European film music ISBN: 0754636593 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0754636585 (hardback : alk. paper) ISBN: 0754636593 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0754636585 (hardback : alk. paper). Ashgate, pp. 73- 85.

Hearn, Alison (2008) ‘Variations on the branded self: theme, invention, improvisation and inventory’, in David Hesmondhalgh and Jason Toynbee (eds), The Media and Social Theory. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Stahl, Matt (2004) ‘”A moment like this: American Idol and narratives of meritocracy’, in Chris Washburne and Maiken Derno (eds), Bad Music: the Music We Love to Hate. New York: Routledge.

Stahl, Matt (2008) ‘Sex and drugs and bait and switch: rockumentary and the new model worker’, in David Hesmondhalgh and Jason Toynbee (eds), The Media and Social Theory. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

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Session 10. Organising, professionalism and resistance

Seminar Reading

Aldridge, M. and J. Evetts (2003) Rethinking the concept of professionalism: the case of journalism. The British journal of sociology. ISSN: 0007-1315, vol. 54, no. 4,: 547-564

Nelson, A. J., & Irwin, J. (2014). “Defining what we do—all over again”: Occupational identity, technological change, and the librarian/Internet-search relationship Academy of Management journal. ISSN: 0001-4273, 57(3), 892-928.

Further reading

Blair, H., Culkin, N. and K. Randle (2003) From London to Los Angeles: A comparison of local labour market processes in the US and UK film industries. International journal of human resource management. ISSN: 0958-5192 Vol. 14 (4): 619-633

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. - Available online:

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)

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. Review and assignment preparation

No readings assigned this week.

This list was last updated on 29/01/2019