New Publication: Cultural Work and Higher Education

October 14, 2013

We are pleased to announce the publication of Cultural Work and Higher Education, edited by Dr Caitriona Noonan and Dr Daniel Ashton, from Bath Spa University.

Responding to the creative economy’s status as an industry, education and government priority, this edited volume brings together original contributions to examine the experiences and realities of working within a number of creative sectors and addresses how higher education can both enable students to pursue and critically examine work in the cultural industries. Debates on cultural work are garnering more interest than ever before and this volume presents critical discussion based on research findings from academics and policy-makers in the fields of media and cultural studies, enterprise, employability, psychology, and education.

The volume addresses: what cultural work is and how higher education is connected with its growth as a sector; educational initiatives that see students gaining ever more detailed experiences and insights; the ways in which students and cultural workers position their identities; and the politics of access and issues of exclusion as they relate to industry networks, race and gender.

“This is a valuable and timely book that addresses a clear gap in an expanding scholarly field. It makes a strong contribution to the growing literature, exploring what is at stake in the relationship between higher education and the cultural industries, interrogating some of the current challenges and problematic aspects of creative work.”
Paul Long, Reader in Media and Cultural History, Birmingham City University, UK

Cultural Work and Higher Education is published by Palgrave Macmillian, priced £55. The book with be launched – together with other recent staff titles- at a special event in the Zen Room at 5pm on October 18, 2013.

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