Culture Is Bad For You: Inequality in the Cultural and Creative Industries
From Roisin O'Brien
This talk introduces themes from the book, Culture Is Bad for You: Inequality in the Cultural and Creative Industries. The book analyses the connection between culture and social inequality, presenting the first large-scale study of social mobility into cultural and creative jobs, hundreds of interviews with cultural worker, and new analysis of secondary datasets to show how who works, and who engages, in culture is deeply unequal. Alongside these themes, this talk will address the intersection between class, race and gender underpinning exclusions from the workforce and the audience, demonstrating how women, people of colour, and those from working class origins are systematically excluded.
Dave O’Brien is Chancellor’s Fellow in Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Edinburgh. He has published extensively on sociology of culture and cultural policy, and is currently part of a large scale AHRC project assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector in the UK.
Chaired by Karen Gregory, Digital Social Science Research Cluster Co-Lead at CDCS
This event was first broadcast on Wednesday 7 October, 2020