Creative labour in the cultural industries

Creative labour in the cultural industries

David Lee University of Leeds, UK

abstract  The explicit focus of this article is the study of creative work within the cultural industries. It begins by exploring the shift from ‘culture industry’ to ‘cultural industries’ to ‘creative industries’. Then, connecting cultural industries and creative work, it outlines contemporary debates within the field of creative labour studies, including significant theoretical developments that have taken place drawing on governmentality theory, autonomist Marxism and sociological perspectives. Finally, the article considers possible directions for future research, arguing for the need to balance theoretical developments with more grounded sociological work within the field. 

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