Autonomy guaranteed? Cultural work and the “Art–Commerce Relation”

Banks, M. (2010) Autonomy guaranteed? Cultural work and the “Art–Commerce Relation”. Journal for Cultural Research, 14(3), pp. 251-269. (doi: 10.1080/14797581003791487)

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The aim of this article is to examine synthetically the concept of “autonomy” in cultural and creative industries work. Following a brief discussion regarding the definition(s) of autonomy, and its historical linkages to discourses of art, the author then rehearses three prominent social science critiques which suggest that the possibilities for autonomy in cultural work have been seriously diminished or compromised. Against these readings, utilising Bill Ryan’s work on the “art–commerce relation”, the author then discusses how autonomous cultural work is, in fact, impossible to destroy since ensuring its survival is a prerequisite for the production of value in cultural and creative industry production. Finally, the author considers how this provision of freedom may then serve to underwrite autonomous cultural work of a more radical and, crucially, negotiated character than that conventionally conceived of in the orthodox critiques.

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:Journal for Cultural Research
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1740-1666
Published Online:22 July 2010

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