Managing conflict and rewards in postbureaucratic work environments: The case of songwriters

*This was originally posted at Work in Progress* By Kim de Laat Postbureaucratic work environments are flexible, project-based settings characterized by consensus-building. They are often hailed as an improvement over the rigid job hierarchies and inflexible working conditions found in … Continue reading

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What Celebrity Chefs’ Cookbooks Reveal About Inequality in Cultural Fields

By Alexandra Rodney Whether you’re channel surfing or browsing in a bookstore, it’s hard to ignore the presence of celebrity chefs and the cultural objects they produce across a variety of platforms. While we think of a chef as someone … Continue reading

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Local Culture, Place and Politics

by Diana Miller We’ve all heard physical spaces—provinces, cities, and even neighbourhoods—described with political or ideological characteristics; for example, as liberal neighbourhoods or conservative strongholds. Those labels obviously describe the people in those environments, and how they typically vote. But, … Continue reading

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Sustainable Amateurism: Music Careers in Folk and Metal

by Diana Miller   When we think of amateur musicians, most of us imagine a specific, linear career path: a self-taught performer who travels the open mic circuit and plays (probably for free) at whatever bars will have him. Hopefully, … Continue reading

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A brief Q&A with Shyon Baumann, incoming co-editor of Poetics

by Kim de Laat Shyon Baumann is a sociologist of culture and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto*. He examines how culture contributes to the re/production of inequality, with a specific focus on processes of evaluation and … Continue reading

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Forthcoming Publication Announcement: Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry

We would like to announce the forthcoming publication of Cultural Mapping as Cultural Inquiry, edited by Nancy Duxbury, Will Garrett-Petts, David MacLennan. It is expected to be in print in November 2014, within the “Routledge Advances in Research Methods” series. This edited collection provides … Continue reading

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Precarious Labour and the Ethics of Tipped Work

by Diana Miller On Monday September 16th, hotel chain Marriott International announced its participation in a campaign called “The Envelope Please,” an initiative that places envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage guests to tip. The campaign is spearheaded by A … Continue reading

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