Featured Book: 'Creative Justice' by Mark Banks

Posted by vs156 at Mar 09, 2017 11:55 AM |
Mark Banks' new book, Creative Justice: Cultural Industries, Work and Inequality, is the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities featured book for this quarter (March 2017).

The Book

Mark Banks (2017). Creative Justice: Cultural Industries, Work and Inequality (London: Rowman and Littlefield)

Creative Justice intervenes into urgent contemporary debates around inequality and injustice in the cultural industries. It has won critical praise for “skewering current delusions about the nature of cultural work and education and proposing remedies to present inequalities” (Philip Schlesinger); “demolishing the ‘creative industries’ hype about the new meritocracy” (Andrew Ross); and for making “music out of the social necessity of normative judgement” (Catherine Murray).

The book first aims to ‘do justice’ to the kinds of objects and texts produced by artists, musicians, designers and other kinds of symbol-makers – by appreciating them as meaningful goods with objective qualities. It also shows how cultural work itself has objective quality as a rewarding and socially-engaging practice, and not just a means to an economic end. But this book is also about injustice – made evident in the workings of arts education and cultural policy, and through the inequities and degradations of cultural work. In worlds where low pay and wage inequality are endemic, and where access to the best cultural academies, jobs and positions is becoming more strongly determined by social background, what chance do ordinary people have of obtaining their own ‘creative justice’?

For further information, and to purchase the book, please visit the publishers' website.

The Author - Professor Mark Banks

Prof Mark BanksProfessor Mark Banks is Professor of Culture and Communication in the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at Leicester, and Director of the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies (CAMEo).

His research focuses on relationships between culture and economy in the context of the cultural industries including music, arts, media and popular culture and cultural policy.

For more information, please visit Professor Banks' staff page.

Contact Details

College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

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(PA to Head of College, Henrietta O'Connor):
+44 (0)116 252 2679

Denise Challinor
(PA to Director of Operations, Ruth Daly):
+44 (0)116 252 3875


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