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Orian Brook, Dave O’Brien, and Mark Taylor

certainly at that early stage I had those feelings of discomfort all the time, whereas now I don’t. I don’t think that’s entirely due to changes in the art world, although it has definitely shifted. I think it’s also changes within myself, and a kind of decision to not prioritise other people’s perceptions of me. We are starting our discussion of inequality in cultural and creative occupations with Michaela. A Black British woman from a working-class background, she was in her late thirties when we interviewed her. She had found success in the art world, as a

in Culture is bad for you
Acceptance, critique and the bigger picture
Anne B. Ryan

have a high ‘standard of living’, in the sense that they have plenty of material goods, but they acknowledge that this is not the same as a good quality of life. However, they are so busy coping with work, commuting and simply surviving the rat race that they have no time to take a step back and think creatively about alternative ways of living. Their talk is dominated by reports of lack of choice and a lack of control over the shape of their lives. The How Was It For You? study reveals another group of people, who report having a good quality of life, even if it

in The end of Irish history?
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Discourses of agency and progress in organisational change
Jonathan Hearn

to the organisation, HBOS. Here, change was supposedly not just something the good staff member could cope with effectively, but a necessary resource they could provide through their own creative powers. As I will show, this message was received somewhat ambivalently. Participation in these courses was confirmed through a formal letter from a senior trainer in GL&D, indicating the instructor, delegates, location and sometimes some preliminary work to be done by delegates and materials for that. For the ‘Creativity and Innovation’ course, the letter was written in a

in Salvage ethnography in the financial sector
Chris Perkins and Kate McLean

that most methodological work with smell focuses on environmental monitoring of odours or air quality, as part of strategies to manage nuisance, and are very much the domain of environmental consultancies and specialist technical equipment. Social scientific methods charted by Pink do incorporate smell into interviews, or focus groups, but do not directly attend to smell. By way of contrast to technical assessments, or smells’ subsidiary role in other ethnographic approaches, this chapter focuses upon the creative deployment of mapping as a mobile method, building on

in Mundane Methods
The imaginary in the aesthetic of cinema
Bruce Kapferer

future in which humanity becomes creatively re-oriented, Human Being can overcome its past and escape its determination. While Human Being is subject to constraints and directions that are of its own making, it is also singularly capable of self-recreation whereby Human Being may overcome that which appears to determine, place limitation upon it, and which may destroy it and with which Human Being is complicit. The film takes up the Nietzschean argument that human being must continually realise its potential in an overcoming or surpassing of that which condemns it to

in Framing cosmologies
Art worlds, improvisation and the language of jazz
Peter J. Martin

relatively few systematic studies of improvisation (Nettl, 1998: 4), and those tend to be based on individualistic presuppositions. Indeed, while academic discussions are few and far between, they display a remarkably wide range of psychologistic positions. Thus Kernfield makes a vague reference to the role of the ‘unconscious’ (1995: 130), while in Pike’s phenomenological approach, by contrast, musical improvisation is a ‘rational creative process’ based on ‘conscious inner perception’, and certainly not the ‘uninvited intrusions of the unconscious mind’ (1974: 91

in Music and the sociological gaze
Tom Woodin

stop the clock and look at the world in slow motion while building expectation. 40 Working-class writing and publishing in the late twentieth century Straight description becomes a creative process. The silence is broken by a noise as we are introduced to a setting suspended in time. The rapid succession of actions, as the four players interact, cleverly mirrors the casting of dominos. Language was debated in a context where education and culture overlapped directly. While many proponents of young people’s writing directly encouraged the use of slang and non

in Working-class writing and publishing in the late twentieth century
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A surplus of ideas
Richard Wilk

the authors show how a metaphor like overflow can also be a creative springboard for understanding and framing new phenomena, connecting otherwise disparate places and processes in new configurations. One of the key themes woven through this book is the moral value of overflow, which often carries the connotation of error or even terror. Online encyclopedias define overflow this way in reference to the operations of computer programs: ‘Overflow condition, a situation that occurs when more information is being transmitted than the hardware can handle’, ‘Integer

in Overwhelmed by overflows?
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Mundane methods and the extra-ordinary everyday
Sarah Marie Hall and Helen Holmes

-breaking work has opened up the arena for research into the everyday, renewing and invigorating social science research. In doing so, Mason and Dale ( 2011 ) present a range of mixed, creative methods for studying the fields of personal life and relationships; places and mobilities, and socio-cultural change: from working creatively with longitudinal survey data; to considering socio-technical methods; to innovative approaches to mapping. Similarly, Back and Puwar's Live Methods (2010) engages with the experimental and serendipitous nature of research on the everyday

in Mundane Methods
Graham Crow and Jaimie Ellis

significance for the middle mass is self-provisioning. This political fact has been slow to find expression in party terms. Strikingly little creative political thinking took place in Britain between 1964 and 1984; these were twenty years of uncertain drifting after the British colonial empire was dispersed and the process of de-industrialization began to accelerate. The fact that most people during this period were extremely busy expanding and developing all forms of work was barely noticed. But there are signs that some intellectuals are rediscovering the practical

in Revisiting Divisions of Labour