Creative and Cultural Industries 2016
This module introduces some theoretical approaches commonly used to understand, critique and manage creative and cultural industries. Throughout the course there will be a concentration on the relationship between culture (anthropological and institutional), work and ideas of cultural value. It will begin with the ideas of Durkheim, Marx and Weber. It will go on to examine Bourdieuʼs work on cultural production as a synthesis of these three classical approaches. We will conclude by addressing the processes that are currently shaping industrialised cultural production paying particular attention to the restructuring of cultural work, employment conditions and new models of creative labour, rights management and distribution.
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Introduction and Overview of the Module
What is Culture? Emile Durkhiem
Material and Ideas: Marx
Rationalisation of Work: Weber
Culture, Control and Resistance: Adorno, Horkheimer and Gramsci
All Bearing the Same Stamp? Weeds Opening Credits
John Carpenter's They Live (1988)
Žižek on Ideology in They Live
Excerpt from Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992)
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix (1999) - The Pill Scene
The Creative Individual?
Individual Taste and Cultural Consecration?
Economic Upheaval and Cultural Industries
Precarious Employment, Entrepreneurialism and Emotional Labour
Essay Writing Workshop
The Possibility of Alternative Creative Industry Models
Creative, Industry and Ideology in Ireland