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Clubs to Companies: Notes on the Decline of Political Culture in Speeded Up Creative Worlds

McRobbie, Angela. 2002. Clubs to Companies: Notes on the Decline of Political Culture in Speeded Up Creative Worlds. Cultural Studies, 16(4), pp. 516-531. ISSN 0950-2386 [Article]

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This article proposes a recent acceleration in the nature and pace of work and employment in the UK culture industries. Multi-skilling and de-specialization are a result of growth, change and competition in the arts and media sector. Creative work increasingly follows the neo-liberal model, governed by the values of entrepreneurialism, individualization and reliance on commercial sponsorship. One consequence for the relatively youthful workforce is the decline of workplace democracy and its replacement by 'network sociality', which in turn is influenced by the lingering impact of dance and club culture. Independent work finds itself squeezed, compromised or brokered by the venture capitalists of culture as government encourages the 'freedom' allowed by this kind of labour.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/09502380210139098

Keywords:

Culture Industries, Club Culture, Network Sociality, Individualization, Incubator

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
December 2002Published

Item ID:

1694

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2009 15:42

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 14:44

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/1694

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