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Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries

McRobbie, Angela. 2015. Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries. Polity Press. ISBN 978-0745661957 [Book]

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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.

Item Type: Book

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media and Communications

Date:

2015

Item ID:

14501

Date Deposited:

26 Oct 2015 14:16

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 14:44

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/14501
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