Moral Economies of Creative Labour

'...it is precisely that feature of cultural goods which enables them to enhance the effectiveness of the market, namely their thematization of the nature and conditions of human well-being, which also enables one to recognize the limitations of the market as a source of such well-being, and the need to sustain relationships and activities characterized by the absence both of market institutions and market meanings'

(Russell Keat, 2000).

Markets and associated economic behaviour ‘both depend on and influence moral/ethical sentiments, norms and behaviours and have ethical implications’

(Andrew Sayer, 2004).

Social life ‘requires serious commitments which are non-contractual in nature’

(John O’Neill, 1998).

Postmaterialist values represent ‘a value structure that goes beyond material accumulation to emphasise self-realisation, freedom, equality and respect for others’

(Arvidsson and Pietersen, 2009).

Post-capitalist politics can be seen in ‘myriad projects of alternative economic activism’

(J.K. Gibson-Graham, 2006).

'Neither the celebrants of creative labour nor the critical pessimists have been sufficiently clear about what constitutes good work and bad work, and this has inhibited debate and understanding about the meaning of contemporary creative labour'.

(David Hesmondhalgh and Sarah Baker, 2010).

'Since the 1950s, there has been a gradual but decisive orientation of labor institutions in the U.S. media industries to the external labor market and individual contract bargaining.... adaptation has had its costs, particularly a lack of cohesion among segments of the labor force and bargaining organizations. The ability to take positions requiring cross-occupational solidarity has become problematic, in part, because internationalization led to different labor market conditions for various segments of the workforce.'

(Susan Christopherson, 1996).

Moral Economies of Creative Labour

Leeds Town Hall

A two day conference on THURSDAY 7th and FRIDAY 8th July 2011, at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. Organised by The Media Industries Research Centre, ICS, Leeds and Sociology/The Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change, The Open University.

Keynote lectures

Plenary panel

To listen to the keynotes and plenary sessions, access the Conference Audio page

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