Global Political Economy Research Cluster Seminar Series, University of Manchester

Pitts, F. H. (Invited speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk


'Creative Labour in Crisis: Management, Measurement and the Market'
This project uses a case study of how labour time is measured and organised in the creative industries to restate the relevance of the concept of value as a means by which we can connect what goes on in the workplace at a management level with what goes on outside in the market, and the determination of the former by the latter. Drawing on interviews with workers at graphic design, brand design and strategic design agencies in the UK and the Netherlands, including freelancers, it considers how the decisions made by managers in the creative industries about who, what and how to measure are not made in a vacuum, but impacted upon by the specific social, economic and political contexts to which creative labour is subject at different sectoral, corporate, national and local registers. In turn, it looks at how workers resist and collectively organise to overcome the constraints placed upon their creativity by the business context that contradictorily constitutes the very condition of them creating in the first place, and the alternative ways of working and doing business that spring up as a result.
Period31 Oct 2018
Event typeSeminar
LocationManchester, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionLocal