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Art Work: Cities, Identities and Cultural Work

Durey, Matthew, J. (2023) Art Work: Cities, Identities and Cultural Work. Palgrave Macmillan (imprint of Springer Nature), UK. ISBN 978-981-99-5554-1

Item Type: Book


This book is about the relationship between art and work in the cultural economy. It is an exploration of the experiences of people working in cultural and creative industries, and of the importance of place, identity, and culture in postindustrial society.
Drawing on fieldwork exploring the conditions of cultural work, identity, and postindustrial cities in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK and Hamburg, Germany, the book argues that the conditions of work in the cultural economy are the result of a contradictory tension between art and economy, which manifests in various ways in artists’ conditions of work, their identities, and their relationship to the changing landscapes of postindustrial cities. This is explored through a series of stories from people working in cultural and creative industries in which they highlight significant contradictions, obstacles, and opportunities in negotiating the cultural economy, which cast light on the importance of art and culture in postindustrial society.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Art, culture, cultural and creative industries, cities, Adorno, Benjamin, identities, deindustrialization
Depositing User: Matthew Durey


Item ID: 16906
ISBN: 978-981-99-5554-1
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Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2023 13:39
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2023 13:39