A very complicated version of freedom”: Conditions and experiences of creative labour in three cultural industries

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Title A very complicated version of freedom”: Conditions and experiences of creative labour in three cultural industries
Author Hesmondhalgh, David; Baker, Sarah Louise
Journal Name Poetics
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This article investigates the experiences and emotional responses of interviewees to their working conditions in three cultural industries (the television industry, the recording industry and the magazine industry). Via semi-structured interviews with a range of workers, it explores working conditions and experiences in the following areas: pay, working hours and unions; insecurity and uncertainty; socialising, networking and isolation. Our research suggests that experiences are at best highly ambivalent, across all three of the industries we studied. We found evidence of feelings of victimisation and anxiety. Building on previous research, especially that carried out on IT workers, we also discerned complicated responses on the part of workers to the freedom and autonomy characteristic of much cultural work. Pleasure and obligation become blurred in a challenging way. Expectations of sociability and networking in these industries were also the object of some ambivalence, and some workers reported feelings of isolation. These findings suggest that creative industries policy has paid insufficient attention to the experiences of creative workers.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.poetic.2009.10.001
Volume 38
Issue Number 1
Page from 4
Page to 20
ISSN 0304-422X
Date Accessioned 2010-06-07
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Science
Subject Sociology
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/33580
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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