Michael Curtin and Kevin Sanson's Precarious Creativity

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Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor examines the seismic changes confronting media workers in an age of globalization and corporate conglomeration. This pathbreaking anthology peeks behind the hype and supposed glamor of screen media industries to reveal the intensifying pressures and challenges confronting actors, editors, electricians, and others. The authors take on pressing conceptual and methodological issues while also providing insightful case studies of workplace dynamics regarding creativity, collaboration, exploitation, and cultural difference. Furthermore, it examines working conditions and organizing efforts on all six continents, offering broad-ranging and comprehensive analysis of contemporary screen media labor in such places as Lagos, Prague, Hollywood, and Hyderabad. The collection also examines labor conditions across a range of job categories that includes, for example, visual effects, production services, and adult entertainment. With contributions from such leading scholars as John Caldwell, Vicki Mayer, Herman Gray, and Tejaswini Ganti, this collection offers timely critiques of media globalization while also intervening in broader debates about labor, creativity, and precarity.

Precarious Creativity grew out of the Carsey-Wolf/Mellinchamp conference held in Spring 2014, which brought together an international group of scholars at UC Santa Barbara to examine the increasingly globalized and interconnected nature of screen media labor in a series of roundtable discussions and a keynote session featuring leading advocates from the VFX community in Southern California. The anthology is also the first to be offered through Luminos, the new open access publishing platform of University of California Press. The full ebook version can be found below.

Michael Curtin and Kevin Sanson, eds. Precarious Creativity: Global Media, Local Labor. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016.

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