Cultural engagement and the economic performance of the cultural and creative industries: An occupational critique

Peter Campbell, Dave O’brien, Mark Taylor

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Abstract

This article presents a new critical engagement with the concept of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs), focusing on the rationale for grouping occupations and industries under this label. We show how the definition of ‘creativity’ used to demonstrate CCIs’ economic performance remains contested and variable, particularly with regard to the inclusion of specific parts of the IT sector. In demonstrating the importance of IT to the economic narrative regarding CCIs, we then unfold a related critique, exploring patterns in cultural consumption within CCI occupations. We demonstrate how some CCI workers have distinctively high cultural consumption, others reflect their broader social class, and some, including IT workers, show lower than expected consumption. Overall, we question the coherence of the prevailing CCI category, particularly in government policy, and suggest a new mode of ‘cultural’ occupational analysis for the sociology of CCIs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-367
JournalSociology
Volume53
Issue number2
Early online date17 May 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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