Culture Is Not an Industry: Reclaiming Art and Culture for the Common Good (Manchester Capitalism) (Paperback)

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Culture Is Not an Industry: Reclaiming Art and Culture for the Common Good (Manchester Capitalism) (Paperback)

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Culture is at the heart of what it means to be human. But twenty-five years ago, the British government rebranded art and culture as 'creative industries', valued for their economic contribution, and set out to launch the UK as the creative workshop of a globalised world.

Where does that leave art and culture now? Facing exhausted workers and a lack of funding and vision, culture finds itself in the grip of accountancy firms, creativity gurus and Ted Talkers. At a time of sweeping geo-political turmoil, culture has been de-politicised, its radical energies reduced to factors of industrial production. This book is about what happens when an essential part of our democratic citizenship, fundamental to our human rights, is reduced to an industry.

Culture is not an industry argues that art and culture need to renew their social contract and re-align with the radical agenda for a more equitable future. Bold and uncompromising, the book offers a powerful vision for change.
Justin O'Connor is Professor of Cultural Economy at the University of South Australia. His books include Red Creative: Culture and Modernity in China (2020) with Xin Gu and Reset: Art, Culture and the Foundational Economy (2022).
Product Details ISBN: 9781526171269
ISBN-10: 1526171260
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: February 27th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Manchester Capitalism