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Careers in Creative Industries

1st Edition

Edited by Chris Mathieu


300 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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This book comprises current, original, empirical studies of career-making in theatre, music, film, TV, visual arts, fashion design, and architecture from Asia, Europe, and North America. This format facilitates comparative analysis of central features of career-making within as well as across both specific industries and national contexts. The studies empirically and theoretically analyze issues such as career management, temporality, location, recognition processes, competition, uncertainty, gender, chance-arbitrariness, education-to-work transition, mediators, the ‘individualization’ of careers, and collaboration partnerships. The book is at the forefront and intersection of contemporary career research and research on work in creative industries / the cultural economy, intertwining both subjective and objective approaches to and dimensions of career. The book moves beyond the dichotomies that have characterized recent career theory and work on creative industries in terms of ‘boundarylessness-boundedness’ and ‘good and bad work’ to examine the factors that facilitate and restrict horizontal and vertical mobility, sometimes simultaneously and paradoxically, and the trade-offs involved, and the simultaneous positive and negative dimensions of given phenomena. The chapters also analyze the operation and significance of various formal and informal recognition processes from the macro state level down to minute interpersonal interaction that are central to career-making in creative industries.

Table of Contents

Part I: Overviews 1. Careers in Creative Industries: An Analytic Overview. Chris Mathieu 2. Creative Labor: Who Are They? What Do They Do? Where Do They Work? A Discussion Based On a Quantitative Study from Denmark. Trine Bille Part II: Theatre, Television and Film 3. Behind the Scenes of Boundarylessness: Careers in German Theatre. Doris Ruth Eikhof, Axel Haunschild, and Franziska Schößler 4. Tournament Careers: Working in UK Television. Dimitrinka Stoyanova and Irena Grugulis 5. Oscar et César: Deep Consecration in French and American Film Acting Careers. Anne E. Lincoln and Michael P. Allen 6. Central Collaborative Relationships in Career-making. Chris Mathieu and Iben Sandal Stjerne Part III: Architecture 7. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Artist Reputation: The Role of Networks and Creativity. Candace Jones 8. Reputation-building in the French Architecture Field. Amélie Boutinot Part IV: Music 9. Transnational Careers in the Virtuoso World. Izabela Wagner 10. Composing a Career: The Situation of Living Composers in the Repertoires of U.S. Orchestras, 2005-06. Timothy J. Dowd and Kevin J. Kelly Part V: Visual Arts and Fashion Design 11. Unpacking Unsuccess: Socio-cognitive Barriers to Objective Career Success for French Outsider Artists. Jean Pralong, Anne Gombault, Françoise Liot, Jean-Yves Agard, and Catherine Morel 12. Education and Becoming an Artist: Experiences from Singapore. Can-Seng Ooi 13. ‘It was a huge shock’: Fashion Designers’ Transition from School to Work in Denmark, 1980s-2000s. Lise Skov Notes on Contributors Notes Index

About the Editor

Chris Mathieu is Associate Professor and director of the Masters programs in HRM at Copenhagen Business School. His recent publications include "Transforming the Danish Film Field Via "Professionalization", Penetration and Integration", Creativity and Innovation Management 15(3), and "Is this what we should be comparing when comparing film production regimes?" Creative Industries Journal 1(2).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Careers / Job Hunting
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Media & Communications Industries
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Fashion & Textile Industry