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Hitting The ‘Glass Wall’: On Age and Inequality in the Cultural Industries

By Sven Brodmerkel and Richie Barker Many segments of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) are characterised by extraordinarily skewed age profiles. For example, a recent survey of 15 leading Australian advertising agencies revealed that 62 per cent of their employees were under 35 years old, and just 10 per cent were older than 45 years. These […]

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Film Review: Workers by Jay Gearing and Ben Rogaly

Review by Dawn Lyon Jay Gearing is an Independent Filmmaker based in Peterborough under the guise of Red 7 Productions. He directed and co-produced Workers. Twitter: @red7productions Ben Rogaly teaches in the Department of Geography at the University of Sussex. He researched and co-produced Workers. Twitter: @rogaly You can read Jay and Ben’s blog about making the film here.  Workers is […]

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Everyday Self Employment

Self-employment has grown dramatically in the UK, up 663,000 in the four years to 2014. The ONS reports that currently 4.6 million people are self-employed in their main job (15 percent of all of those currently in work in the UK) and that a further 356,000 are self-employed in a second job. Almost three quarters […]

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Damned If You Do… Banal Gendered Exclusions in Academia, Babies and ‘Dinner with Other Candidates’

By Emma Jackson ‘The younger generation of academic women just don’t have children.’ I’m sat in the office of an older woman professor in an elite university. I’m here as part of a job interview. This institution has moved to a more American way of doing things and part of this is having individual meetings […]

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‘You’ve Got to Love What You Do’; ‘Otherwise You’d Be Totally Mad’

By Oili-Helena Ylijoki Passion, love and dedication belong to the core vocabulary of academic culture. In a similar manner as Australian academics in the study of Fabian Cannizzo, the Finnish academics I have interviewed tend to describe their work as a way of life and an inherent part of their personality: “It’s nice to get paid […]

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The Love of Labour in Academia

By Fabian Cannizzo Both the spirit and structure of higher education across the globe have been restructured over the last four decades. In “‘You’ve Gotta Love What You Do’: Academic Labour in a Culture of Authenticity”, I attempt to describe how this global restructuring has had very personal impacts for academic labourers and their work […]

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Chronic Academics

Towards an Exhausted Sociology

By Keith Kahn-Harris My entire career as a sociologist has been carried out in the face of exhaustion. In 1993, in my second year as an undergraduate, I developed glandular fever (‘mono’ for American readers) and I have never fully recovered. Over time, post-viral malaise progressed into ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and it has been […]

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Working Life Coaching and the Individualization of Class

By Katariina Mäkinen What is working life coaching? What can its growth tell us about the individualization of class? These were the questions addressed by Katariina Mäkinen (University of Helsinki) in a recent paper for The Sociological Review. In this interview, she introduces this work and explains why working life coaching is so significant for life under […]

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