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Knows no weekend: the psychological contract of cultural work in precarious times

Shukaitis, Stevphen and Figiel, Joanna (2019) 'Knows no weekend: the psychological contract of cultural work in precarious times.' Journal of Cultural Economy. ISSN 1753-0350

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Abstract

This article explores the expanded and transformed nature of the psychological work contract for forms of cultural and artistic labour in precarious conditions. The forms of passionate work found within cultural production are argued to form a new model for governing our subjective involvement in and attachment to work. This more expansive and demanding relationship with work has become generalized beyond the specific area of cultural production into employment relationships more generally. In doing so the expanded psychological contract of work comes to operate as a form of logistical media and infrastructural governance, connecting the micropolitics of governing labour with larger structural conditions of precarity and instability. Thus, while work today is less stable in what it offers, it demands even greater psychological investment despite increased uncertainty.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Artistic and cultural labour, entrepreneurship, institutional critique, Joseph Beuys, psychological contract, social reproduction, subjectivity
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: 01 Mar 2019 13:14
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2019 13:14
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24139

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