About the Event
Join Orian Brook, Dave O’Brien and Mark Taylor to discover more about their new book, Culture is bad for you: Inequality in the cultural and creative industries.
Part of Manchester University Press' End of Summer Festival!
'If you’ve ever felt on shaky ground describing your experience of inequality in the arts, if you’ve ever wondered if it’s really true that some people are excluded from participation in cultural production and representation, if you’d like something to wave in the face of naysayers who think the cream always rises to the top, this is it. Culture is bad for you. This book does more than it says on the tin.' Kit de Waal, author of 'My Name is Leon'
About ‘Culture is bad for you’
Culture will keep you fit and healthy. Culture will bring communities together. Culture will improve your education. This is the message from governments and arts organisations across the country; however, this book explains why we need to be cautious about culture.
Offering a powerful call to transform the cultural and creative industries, Culture is bad for you examines the intersections between race, class, and gender in the mechanisms of exclusion in cultural occupations. Exclusion from culture begins at an early age, the authors argue, and despite claims by cultural institutions and businesses to hire talented and hardworking individuals, women, people of colour, and those from working class backgrounds are systematically disbarred.
While the inequalities that characterise both workforce and audience remain unaddressed, the positive contribution culture makes to society can never be fully realised.
About the Book
Publisher:Manchester University Press
Publication date:14 Sep 2020
The book demonstrates that cultural jobs are the preserve of the most privileged, a 'creative class' in society, and always have been: there was no golden age for social mobility in culture. It shows how women, people of colour, and those of working class origins are missing from key parts of the workforce and audience for culture. -- .