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  • Listening to Labor

    Michael Curtin, Kevin Sanson

    Chapter from the book: Curtin M. & Sanson K. 2017. Voices of Labor: Creativity, Craft, and Conflict in Global Hollywood.


    Drawing from detailed and quite personal interviews with off-screen labor in Hollywood, this chapter offers three interrelated propositions about the current state and future prospects of craftwork and screen media labor: 1) screen media craftwork exists within an intricate and intimate matrix of social relations that distinguishes it from its corollary on the factory assembly line; 2) craftwork today constitutes a regime of excessive labor that is rooted in a persistent demand for ‘more’ from workers; and 3) this regime of excessive labor represents a distinctive phase of flexible capitalism that is characterized by a mobile regime of socio-spatial relations that a more protean mode of production. This chapter furthermore situates these propositions within broader historical and analytical discussions about creative industries, conglomeration, financialization, and globalization.

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    Curtin M. & Sanson K. 2017. Listening to Labor. In: Curtin M. & Sanson K, Voices of Labor. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.26.a

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    Published on March 3, 2017