Culture is bad for you

Inequality in the cultural and creative industries

By Orian Brook, Dave O'Brien and Mark Taylor

Culture is bad for you


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5746-1
  • Pages: 384
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: September 2020
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Sociology: work & labour, Social discrimination & inequality, Society & social sciences / Social classes, Sociology, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes, Economics, finance, business & management / Media, information & communication industries


The book demonstrates that cultural jobs are the preserve of the most privileged, a 'creative class' in society, and always have been: there was no golden age for social mobility in culture. It shows how women, people of colour, and those of working class origins are missing from key parts of the workforce and audience for culture.


1 Introduction
2 Is culture good for you?
3 Who works in culture?
4 Who consumes culture?
5 When does inequality begin in cultural workers' lives?
6 Is it still good work if you're not getting paid?
7 Was there a golden age?
8 How is inequality experienced?
9 Why don't women run culture?
10 What about the men?

11 Conclusion


Orian Brook is an AHRC Creative and Digital Economy Innovation Leadership Fellow at the University of Edinburgh

Dave O'Brien is a Chancellor's Fellow in Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Edinburgh

Mark Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Methods at the University of Sheffield

Culture is bad for you

By Orian Brook, Dave O'Brien, Mark Taylor

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