Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries by David Hesmondhalgh

By David Hesmondhalgh

What is it wish to paintings within the media? Are media jobs extra ‘creative’ than these in different sectors? to respond to those questions, this booklet explores the artistic industries, utilizing a mixture of unique learn and a synthesis of current reviews.

Through its shut research of key matters – such as tensions among trade and creativity, the stipulations and stories of employees, alienation, autonomy, self-realization, emotional and affective labour, self-exploitation, and the way attainable it would be to provide ‘good paintings’ Creative Labour makes a massive contribution to our figuring out of the media, of labor, and of social and cultural swap. furthermore, the publication undertakes an intensive exploration of the artistic industries, spanning a variety of sectors together with tv, song and journalism.

This booklet offers a complete and available account of existence within the inventive industries within the twenty-first century. it's a significant piece of study and a priceless learn relief for either undergraduate and postgraduate scholars of topics together with enterprise and administration reviews, sociology of labor, sociology of tradition, and media and communications.

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These various aspects of alienation had two features in common, Blauner felt. One was that each alienated state made it more probable that workers could be used as means, rather than ends in themselves (1964: 33). They therefore turned people into ‘things’ – his version of Marx’s comments on how work alienated humans from their nature as humans. The distinction 30 Chapter 2 about ends and means is an important ethical one. But using the language of good and bad work, rather than alienation, allows us to avoid futile debates about whether such terms are essentialist in themselves.

Instead of making their lives the object of their will and consciousness, a capacity that in Marx’s view distinguished humans from other 1 We use the term ‘social division of labour’ in the way that it has come to be used in contemporary social theory (Murphy 1993) rather than the confusing way in which the term is used in Marx’s own work (see Sayer 1995: 44–5). The idea of an occluded social division of labour has been developed in important ways by feminists, who indicated how the caring and domestic work of women has sustained societies but has gone unrecognised and unrewarded.

Hodson also states that such workers often report greater levels of job satisfaction and meaning, and greater levels of creativity at work, than other types of occupation. Many creative workers, we will argue, can be thought of as craft and professional workers, and seek forms of autonomy – though with crucial 9 These debates about meaningful work are important because they are about the distribution of good work across societies. We return to this question in addressing the social division of labour in Chapter 10.

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