“Essential—Passion for Music”: Affirming, Critiquing, and Practising Passionate Work in Creative Industries

Toby Bennett 2018. “Essential—Passion for Music”: Affirming, Critiquing, and Practising Passionate Work in Creative Industries. in: Martin, L. and Wilson, N. (ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work Springer. pp. 431-459

Chapter title“Essential—Passion for Music”: Affirming, Critiquing, and Practising Passionate Work in Creative Industries
AuthorsToby Bennett
EditorsMartin, L. and Wilson, N.
Abstract

This chapter considers “passion” as an enthusiastic orientation to work within creative worlds: work motivated by intense attachments to the products of work and their conditions of production. Drawing on Luc Boltanski’s pragmatic sociology of critique and justification, the chapter argues that the passionate lens most usefully trains our sights on normative questions: not what or how—but why such work is undertaken. Embedded in research on cultural and creative industries, the contemporary recorded music sector is presented as a “passionate” industry in transformation. Interviews with workers, who both criticize and defend their industry, act as a springboard to explore three possible interpretive approaches: affirmative, critical, and pragmatic. Theoretical flexibility is needed to keep “passion” open to future inquiry—particularly regarding inequalities in creative work.

Book title The Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work
Page range431-459
Year2018
PublisherSpringer
Publication dates
Published2018
2018
ISBN9783319773490
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77350-6_21
JournalThe Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work

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