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Reading List

Creative Work, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Amelia Knowlson
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


Core Books

Banks, M (2007) The politics of cultural work. London: Palgrave.  

Gerber, A. (2017). The work of art : value in creative careers ISBN: 9780804798310 hardcover alkaline paper; 0804798311 hardcover alkaline paper; 9781503603820 paperback alkaline paper; 1503603822 paperback alkaline paper; 9781503604032. Stanford: Stanford University Press.  

Hesmondhalgh, D., & Baker, S. (2011). Creative labour : media work in three cultural industries ISBN: 9780415572606 (hbk.) : £80.00; 0415572606 (hbk.) : £80.00. Abingdon: Routledge.  

Naudin, A. (2018). Cultural Entrepreneurship: the cultural worker’s experience of entrepreneurship. London: Routledge.  

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Selected Additional Readings

Creative Work

Bailey, J. R., Ford, C. M., & Raelin, J. D. (2009). Philosophical Ties That Bind Practice: The Case of Creativity. Journal of Management Inquiry, 18(1), 27–38.

Bakshi H, Freeman A, Higgs P (2012) A Dynamic Mapping of the UKs Creative Industries. London: NESTA Available online

Banks, M., Gill, R., & Taylor, S. (eds.) (2013) Theorizing cultural work : labour, continuity and change in the cultural and creative industries. Abingdon: Routledge.

Bennett, T. (2018). Towards “Embedded Non-creative Work”? Administration, digitisation and the recorded music industry. The international journal of cultural policy. ISSN: 1028-6632, 6632, 1–16.

Bilton, C (2006) Management and Creativity: from Creative Industries to Creative Management. Oxford: Blackwell

Blair, H. (2001). You’re only as good as your last job. Work, Employment & Society.

Brook, O., O’Brien, D., & Taylor, M. (2018). Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries. Retrieved from

Cameron K. & Quinn R. (2011) Diagnosing and Changing Organisational Culture ISBN: 1118003306; 9781118003305: based on the Competing Values Framework. San Fransisco: Jossey-Bass

Cho, M. (2019) Entrepreneurial Seoulite: culture and subjectivity in Hongdae, Seoul. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press

Dubois, V. (2016) Culture as a vocation : sociology of career choices in cultural management ISBN: 9781138819986 (hbk.); 1138819980 (hbk.). London: Routledge

Easton, E., & Cauldwell-French, E. (2017). Creative Freelancers. London: Creative Industries Federation. Available from:

Hausmann, A., & Heinze, A. (2016). Entrepreneurship in the Cultural and Creative Industries: Insights from an emerging Field. Artivate, 5(2), 7–22.  

Hesmondhalgh, D. (2010) Normativity and social justice in the analysis of creative labour. Journal for cultural research. 14(3) . pp231–249.

Higgs P, Cunningham S, and Bakhshi H (2008) Beyond the Creative Industries: Mapping the Creative Economy in the United Kingdom. NESTA Available online  

Jeffcut, P & Pratt, A (2002) Managing Creativity in the Cultural Industries. Creativity and innovation management. ISSN: 0963-1690. 11(4) pp225-233

Jian, M. (2018). The Survival Struggle and Resistant Politics of a DIY Music Career in East Asia: Case Studies of China and Taiwan. Cultural Sociology, 12(2), 224–240.

Kim, C. (2019). The political subjectivization of Korean creative workers: working and living as urban precariat in creative city Seoul. International Journal of Cultural Policy, 25(6), 701–713.

Konrad, E. D. (2013). Cultural entrepreneurship: The impact of social networking on success. Creativity and innovation management. ISSN: 0963-1690, 22(3), 307–319.

Leadbeater, C., & Oakley, K. (1999). The Independents ISBN: 1898309965 (pbk.). London: Demos.

Long, P., & Barber, S. (2017). Conceptualizing Creativity and Strategy in the Work of Professional Songwriters. Popular Music and Society, 40(5), 556–572. 

Martins E & Terblanche F (2003) Building Organisational Culture that Stimulates Creativity and Innovation. European Journal of Innovation & Management. 6(1) pp64-74 Available online

Menger, P.-M. (2006). Artistic labor markets: contingent work, excess supply and occupational risk management. In V. A. Ginsburg & D. Throsby (Eds.), Handbook of the economics of art and culture. Volume 1 ISBN: 9780444508706 (vol. 1) : No price; 0444508708 (vol. 1) : No price : volume 1 (Vol. 1, pp. 765–811). Amsterdam: Elsevier.  

Oakley, K. (2009) Art Works – A review of the literature on cultural and creative labour markets available at

Rae, D. (2004). Entrepreneurial learning: a practical model from the creative industries. Education + Training, 46(8/9), 492–500.

Robinson, K (2011) Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. Oxford: Capstone

Ross, A. (2009) Nice work if you can get it : life and labor in precarious times. New York: New York University Press.

Schein E (2004) Organizational Culture and Leadership. 3rd ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass

Taylor, S. & Luckman S. (eds.) (2020) Pathways into Creative Working Lives. Palgrave Macmillan

Watson, A. (2015). Cultural Production in and Beyond the Recording Studio. Abingdon: Routledge.

Wittel, A. (2001). Toward a network sociality. Theory, culture & society. ISSN: 0263-2764, 18(6), 51–76.


Interviews and Primary Research

Ali, S. and Kelly, M. (2012) Ethics and social research. In Seale, C. (ed.), Researching Society and Culture, 3rd ed., London, Sage.

Basit, T. (2003) Manual or electronic? The role of coding in qualitative data analysis. Educational research. ISSN: 0013-1881, 45(2), pp. 143–154.

Byrne, B. (2012) Qualitative interviewing. In Seale, C. (ed.), Researching Society and Culture, 3rd ed. London: Sage.

Longhurst, J. (2003) Semi-structured Interviews and Focus Groups. In Clifford, N. and Vallentine, G. (eds.), Key Methods in Geography. London: Sage.

Rivas, C. (2012) “Coding and analysing qualitative data,” In Seale, C. (ed.), Researching Society and Culture, 3rd ed. London: Sage.

Valentine, G. (2005). Tell me about...: using interviews as a research methodology. In R. Flowerdew & D. Martin (Eds.), Methods in Human Geography, 2nd ed. (pp. 110–126). Harlow: Pearson.

This list was last updated on 10/03/2021