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verdurin

35 EpisodesProduced by Pierre d'AlancaisezWebsite

I interview authors of new books in art, critical theory, creative industry studies, and philosophy for the New Books Network.Pierre d’Alancaisez is a curator and critic. He investigates interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and the relationship between artists’ access to non-arts skills and the impa… read more

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Shannan Clark: The Making of the American Creative Class

The Making of the American Creative Class Shannan Clark

Published by Oxford University Press, 2020
ISBN 9780199731626

During the middle decades of the twentieth century, the production of America’s consumer culture was centralized in New York to an extent unparalleled in the history of the United States. Every day tens of thousands of writers, editors, artists, performers, technicians, and secretaries made advertisements, produced media content, and designed the shape and feel of the consumer economy. While this centre of creativity has often been portrayed as a smoothly running machine, within these offices many white-collar workers challenged the managers and executives who directed their labours.

Shannan Clark speaks with Pierre d’Alancaisez about the origins of the creative class, their labour union struggles and successes, the role of the Works Projects Administration, and institutions like the Design Laboratory and Consumer Union which foretell the experiences of today’s culture workers.

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