“The Whole Feminist Taking-Your-Clothes-off Thing”: Negotiating the Critique of Gender Inequality in UK Music Industries


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Title “The Whole Feminist Taking-Your-Clothes-off Thing”: Negotiating the Critique of Gender Inequality in UK Music Industries
Creator Bennett, Toby
Subject Sociology of work; cultural studies;
KEYWORDS: Creative labour, Inequalities, Industrial Reflexivity, Major record labels, Post-feminism.
Description This article considers the critique of inequality, exploitation and exclusion in contemporary UK music industries, in light of the latter’s growing internal concerns over work-based gender relations. The creative sector’s persistent inequalities are at odds with its professed liberal, egalitarian, meritocratic values and attitudes. Yet, within music’s industrial production cultures, a dismissive postfeminist sensibility has come under pressure through a reflexive critical moment of popular feminist discourse, expressed in trade press critique, between 2013 and the present moment. Drawing from a study of intermediary work in UK major record labels, the article takes a pragmatist approach to documenting and theorizing this critique – alongside institutional mechanisms, like company policies and corporate PR, that respond to it – in terms of growing industrial reflexivity. Tensions over the representation of work, the nature of inequality, intergenerational and epistemic injustice emerge as key themes, with implications for critical research on popular music industries.
Publisher IASPM - International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Date 2018-08-20
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Interview, textual analysis
Format application/pdf
Identifier http://iaspmjournal.net/index.php/IASPM_Journal/article/view/882
Source IASPM@Journal; Vol 8, No 1 (2018): Gender Politics in the Music Industry; 24-41
Language eng
Relation http://iaspmjournal.net/index.php/IASPM_Journal/article/view/882/pdf_1
Coverage United Kingdom
Trade press, major record label employees
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 IASPM@Journal

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