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"Creative Labour, Metabolic Rift and the Crisis of Social Reproduction"

by Pitts, Frederick Harry (2020)


Drawing on interviews with freelancers and creatives at graphic design, branding and advertising agencies in London and Amsterdam, this paper explores the pressures placed upon the management and performance of creative labour by sectoral and geographical contradictions centred on the urban dynamics of the creative industries. It suggests that what goes on in creative workplaces is conditioned by a web of relations external to those workplaces. These relations support the social reproduction of the workers and firms that perform and engage it, of which cities are a crucible of contestation, conflict and manifold contradictions.


Social Reproduction, Cutlural Industries, Creative Labour, Advertising


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