Were you dragged to museums as a kid? If so, that certainly expanded your cultural capital. Inspired by Bourdieu, David Osa Amadasun offers a commentary on the reproduction of taste. Focusing on art galleries — i.e., spaces that in Britain and beyond are coded white and middle class — he asks “why working-class people ofRead more about Cultural capital and creative industries[…]
If you’ve ever been to a coworking space, you know that DWYL is ubiquitous. But DWYL is much more than aspirational knick-knacks: it’s also been adopted by HR departments and incorporated into software designed to manage employees’ satisfaction with their jobs. What are the political implications of DWYL? This tote offers a sharp answer:Read more about Do What You Love and…[…]
In the article we discussed in class yesterday, Madeleine Schwartz calls interns “the happy housewives of the working world.” To give you a better sense of just how happy (and hard) those housewives were considered to work, here’s a short film commissioned by Chevy in 1940, when the stereotypical image of the “frailer sex” hadRead more about On interns and housewives[…]
Work Love of work. The blood singing in that. The fine high rise of it into the work. A man says, I’m working. Or, I worked today. Or, I’m trying to make it work. Him working seven days a week. And being awakened in the morning by his young wife, his head on the typewriter.Read more about Work by Raymond Carver[…]
Yesterday in class we spoke about how neoliberalism has reshaped contemporary work, increasing insecurity and flexibilization. Here is an article on how internet technologies intensify these developments. Some of you also asked whether neoliberalism could be unmade, or at least fought. Nancy Fraser urges us to resist and reject the false choices presented by so-called progressive neoliberalism,Read more about Work under neoliberalism[…]
Some of the photos you posted on the blog feature anti-gentrification graffiti, but erasing a piece of street art can also make a powerful statement, as the case of this Kreuzberg mural demonstrates. As we discussed in class, gentrification is a global problem, but it doesn’t work in the same ways everywhere so it isRead more about Gentrification in Berlin and beyond[…]
Seven weeks into the academic semester, students settled in smoothly and know the ropes of their internships by now. This is what exchange student Juman Tamimi (Al-Quds Bard College) has to say about her internship with “Back on Track,” an NGO that offers tailor-made educational support to refugee children and adolescents: Working with Back OnRead more about Progress Report: Juman Tamimi at Back on Track[…]
Yesterday in class you discussed Richard Florida’s concept of creative class. His latest book, The New Urban Crisis, has been described as a continuation of his ‘flawed and elitist ideas.’ Another review, in The Jacobin, states that the author ‘has replaced his airy projections of infinite, creativity-fueled growth with a tone of apocalyptic darkness.’ If you’dRead more about Richard Florida: Sorry Not Sorry[…]
We are beyond excited to announce that Angela McRobbie (whose book Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries we will be discussing in class next week) has kindly agreed to give a guest talk on creative economy.
As a follow-up to our discussion last Thursday, here’s a recent interview with Kathi Weeks, which provides a good overview of the main points she makes in the chapter we read. Have a look.