Precarity, biography, and event: work and time in the cultural industries

Banks, M. (2019) Precarity, biography, and event: work and time in the cultural industries. Sociological Research Online, 24(4), pp. 541-556. (doi: 10.1177/1360780419844526)

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This article explores the temporality of work and employment in the cultural, creative, and media industries (‘cultural work’). Building on recent sociological writing on ‘event-time’, I explore the ways in which owner-managers of small creative firms navigate the contingent workplace in a world of allegedly advanced ‘precarity’, yet seek also to maintain their own stable anchorage to a linear ‘biographical’ time marked by continuity and a control of material privilege. It is argued that understanding the political economy of time in cultural work requires theorization of temporal continuity as well as change, not only to avoid making undue epochal judgements but also to ensure continued recognition of social differences in the ways time is being encountered and experienced at work.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Banks, Professor Mark
Authors: Banks, M.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Sociological Research Online
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1360-7804
Published Online:01 May 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Author
First Published:First published in Sociological Research Online 24(4): 541-556
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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