The Politics Of Cultural Work By Mark Banks

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Book Review The politics of cultural work. Mark Banks. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007. 228pp. Hardcover, £74.00. ISBN: 978-0-230-01921-8 Mark Banks is Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester. Before, he was Reader in Sociology at The Open University and Senior Lecture in Cultural Studies and Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University (University of Leicester, n.d.). With academic background both in sociology and cultural studies, Banks has been mainly focused on the relationship between culture and economy. His recent publications include both close empirical studies and theoretical explorations on the value and exchange of cultural work, the practice of cultural workers and the inequalities and divisions in the creative industries. In The Political of Cultural Work (2007), Banks joins the debate on the ‘art-commerce’ relation by focusing on cultural work in the micro-level and addressing the importance of space and place, explores the possibility of alternatives creativity under the capitalist context, and further suggests to considering the political and social implication of cultural work. Based on an examination of three traditional as well as fundamental theses, the book provides critical insight into the future of creative and cultural work. In the Chapter 2, Banks …show more content…

He poses the vulnerability of ‘alternatives’ under the established global capitalism and carries on discussing the potential and uncertainty of alternative currencies and gift-giving as tools of cultural products exchange as well as the digital democracy. At last, he proposes the transformational potential of cultural work and emphases that the prospect of these potential initiatives and the impulses of transformations are ‘yet-to-be-specified’ (ibid.,

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