Book review: Culture is Bad for You: Inequality in the Cultural and Creative Industries by Orian Brook, Dave O’Brien and Mark Taylor, Manchester University Press (2020)

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Abstract

In Culture is Bad for You: Inequality in the Cultural and Creative Industries (Manchester University Press, 2020), authors Orian Brook, Dave O’Brien and Mark Taylor cut through a Gordian Knot of interconnected and complex factors that create and maintain multiple inequalities within the UK Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs). Exhaustive research in micro and macro detail is presented over eleven chapters, drawn from a wide range of sources. This includes previous research projects that the core group of authors and others have produced including Panic! (2018), statistical evidence, surveys and longitudinal data. It also includes qualitative data in the form of extensive interviews with cultural and creative industry workers. The result is as much a manifesto for change as well as a valuable addition to scholarship countering the ‘celebratory discourse’ in relation to the CCIs over the past 25 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-110
Number of pages13
JournalIrish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy
Volume9
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sept 2022

Bibliographical note

Maggie Cronin is an actress, playwright and director currently undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. Recent professional work includes the short film Gravest Hit (2021). She is the author of The Headcount (2021) report into gender breakdown at eight core funded theatre companies in Northern Ireland for Waking the Feminists NI.

Keywords

  • cultural labour; creative and cultural industries; inequality

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