nep-cul New Economics Papers
on All new papers
Issue of 2014‒09‒08
three papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”

  1. Post-soviet mass celebration and kul’turnost’: the survey of urban art festival “White nights in Perm - 2012 By Iuliia Papushina
  2. Employment relationships in arts and culture By Liemt, Gijsbert van
  3. Employment relationships in the media industry By Bibby, Andrew

  1. By: Iuliia Papushina (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
    Abstract: This paper employs the category “kul’turnost’” for the analysis of post-Soviet urban mass celebrations. Based on empirical data gathered during White Nights in Perm Festival – 2012, the paper delves into how Soviet ideological cliches and stereotypes are manifested in the language of contemporary Russian urban inhabitants. The research setting is the industrial city of Perm with approximately one million citizens. The research is based on a survey, conducted with 429 festival visitors. The results demonstrate that visitors have a complex structure of their opinions including the cliches rooted in Soviet discursive heritage. Applying Bourdieu’s idea of “the objectivisation of the objectifier”, the paper reflects on the influence of survey on the usage of Soviet discursive heritage. The results suggest the necessity to regard Soviet discursive heritage as an influential source of signifiers for articulating opinions in post-Soviet Russia. The paper also questions the usage of Western originated scales as the main tool for festival impact evaluation.
    Keywords: mass celebrations, kul’turnost’, post-Soviet studies, urban festival
    JEL: Z11
    Date: 2014
  2. By: Liemt, Gijsbert van
    Abstract: This paper, written by Gijsbert van Liemt, considers the occupational characteristics of cultural workers and their employment relationships and income, the role of the State in cultural and creative industries, and to what extent arts and culture set the trend for the rest of the labour market. It provides an overview of technological, business and financial changes occurring in recent years in the live performance, arts and culture subsector in some OECD countries and how these have affected employment relationships. He assesses whether employment is becoming less secure, if freelance work is increasingly prevalent, and whether social dialogue is addressing the challenges of the industry. The arts and culture industry is undergoing significant change, and information and communications technology has already had a major effect on the composition of the sector and on employment relationships within it. He notes that most arts and culture workers have a high level of commitment to their work, have fragmented and often unpredictable employment patterns, are often underemployed, and tend to work fewer hours than they would like to.
    Keywords: employment, labour relations, working conditions, work organization, self employment, state intervention, trend, artist, performer, author, entertainment industry, music, theatre, emploi, relations de travail, conditions de travail, organisation du travail, travail indépendant, intervention de l'Etat, tendance, artiste, artiste interprète, auteur, métiers du spectacle, musique, théâtre, empleo, relaciones laborales, condiciones de trabajo, organización del trabajo, trabajo a cuenta propia, intervención estatal, tendencia, artista, artista interprete, autor, industria del espectáculo, música, teatro
    Date: 2014
  3. By: Bibby, Andrew
    Keywords: labour relations, collective bargaining, employment, working conditions, mass media, publishing, film industry, relations de travail, négociation collective, emploi, conditions de travail, mass média, édition, industrie cinématographique, relaciones laborales, negociación colectiva, empleo, condiciones de trabajo, medios de comunicación de masas, edición, industria cinematográfica
    Date: 2014

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