Gender, Subjectivity, and Cultural Work
The Classical Music Profession
New Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in Critical TheoryNew Books in European StudiesNew Books in Gender StudiesNew Books in MusicNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in SociologyNew Books Network May 29, 2018 Dave O'Brien
What sort of inequalities characterize classical music today? In Gender, Subjectivity, and Cultural Work: The Classical Music Profession (Routledge, 2018), Christina Scharff, a senior lecturer in culture, media and creative industries in the department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London, offers a detailed analysis of the way the classical music profession is marked by race, class, and gender inequalities. Drawing on contemporary debates in feminism, the work of Michel Foucault, and a critique of the entrepreneurial self, the book offers a comparative study of London and Berlin. In doing so it positions classical music as a crucial site for understanding not only cultural and creative industries, but the entirety of our unequal, post-feminist economy and society. It will be required reading and citation for all creative industries scholars, as well as an important text for cultural and media studies, sociology, music, and anyone interested in the relationship between culture and social inequality.