Journal Article (Refereed)
Revealing and re-valuing cultural intermediaries in the ┐real┐ creative city: Insights from a diary-keeping exercise
Perry, B & Smith, K & Warren, S 2015, 'Revealing and re-valuing cultural intermediaries in the ┐real┐ creative city: Insights from a diary-keeping exercise', European Journal of Cultural Studies. , pp.1-17.
From critics and cultural commentators to professionals who mediate between production and consumption for economic gain, the term ┐cultural intermediaries┐ has been variously interpreted over recent decades. Often framed as self-interested entrepreneurs seeking to maximise economic value the wider set of political, social and moral motivations of cultural workers have been often overlooked.Drawing on a diary-keeping exercise with 20 cultural workers in Greater Manchester and Birmingham in 2013, we suggest that a ┐third┐ wave of studies of cultural intermediaries is needed, which emphasises socially engaged practices and non-economic values. The study reveals a field of cultural work which mediates between professionalised and everyday cultural ecologies, one which is often invisible and undervalued. Combining methodological insights into diary-keeping as a reflexive exercise, the study suggests that we should reclaim and re-value the term ┐cultural intermediary┐ to make visible this socially grounded cultural work, particularly in the current era of austerity and cuts to the arts in England.
European Journal of Cultural Studies.