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Creative work and affect: Social, political and fantasmatic dynamics in the labour of musicians

Hoedemaekers, CMW (2018) 'Creative work and affect: Social, political and fantasmatic dynamics in the labour of musicians.' Human Relations, 71 (10). 1348 - 1370. ISSN 0018-7267

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Abstract

How can we understand contradictory identifications within work to which one is passionately attached? This article explores how seemingly competing accounts of the self at work can not only appear side by side within the self-presentation of creative workers, but also how dominant patterns within the daily socio-economic realities of creative work are reproduced through faux-contestations of them. Following Glynos and Howarth, I will argue that such transgressive notions often recall earlier historical arrangements that have been displaced by current dominant social grammars, or were vital components of the institution of current social hegemony. In a study of musicians, I analyse how alongside dominant logics of employability and virtuosity, traditional notions of artists’ craft and autonomy drive counter-identifications that allow dominant social logics to fill the gaps in the indeterminacy and ambiguity of everyday lived experience. By applying an understanding of discursive logics to creative work, this article seeks to contribute to literatures spanning work in the cultural industries, identification, affect and transgression at work, and commons and immaterial labour.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: affect, creative work, enterprising selves, freelance work, precarity
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD58.7 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2018 12:49
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2019 20:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20795

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