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Social Class: Participation and Representation in the Creative Industries


Panel Discussions


LOCATION: Room D104, Social Sciences Building, City University London, St John Street.

There has recently been heightened interest in how issues of social class are portrayed in media and entertainment. A particular concern is that the British working classes and some of the most impoverished and excluded from society are now subjected to unprecedented ridicule and hostility in mainstream culture. Alongside this, over the last two decades a series of problems in the creative labour market have become more apparent, with casualised labour, precarious working conditions and low or unpaid entry positions restricting access opportunities and narrowing the make-up of the sector's workforce. While both have been subjects of interest and study in their own right, as yet there have been relatively few attempts to analyse the possible relationship between these two trends. This seminar will begin to address this, interrogating the existing research, assessing whether and in what ways cultural production reflects the nature of cultural producers, and to explore the kinds of policy response that should follow.


Kate Oakley, Head, Centre for Cultural Policy and Management, City University


Owen Jones - author 'Chavs: The demonization of the working class

Martin Spence - Assistant General Secretary, BECTU

David Wright - Centre for Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick and co-author of Culture, Class, Distinction

Dinah Caine - Chief Executive, Skillset

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis.

If you want to attend, please email Kate Oakley

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When & where

3.00pm - 4.30pmTuesday 13th December 2011