Special issue introduction: Craft Economies and Inequalities

Patel, Karen and Dudrah, Rajinder (2022) Special issue introduction: Craft Economies and Inequalities. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 25 (6). pp. 1549-1555. ISSN 1367-5494

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Craft as a creative industry has received increased public, academic and policy attention in recent years. However, this tends to centre on a Westernised, white, middle-class version of craft practice associated with values of authenticity, the valorisation of the handmade, and ‘hipster’ culture. At the same time, despite a rich body of work on inequalities in the cultural industries, some of which is published in this journal, little attention has been given to craft. These matters are addressed in this special issue which interrogates the character and workings of the contemporary craft economy and provides much needed insight into experiences of inequality in the sector, drawing on research from the Global North and South. It also includes Cultural Commons contributions from Susan Luckman, Carol ulloch and Saskia Warren which reflect on various aspects of contemporary craft.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/13675494221136618
7 October 2022Accepted
7 December 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Craft, cultural labour, gender, inequalities, race
Subjects: CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: Karen Patel
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2022 12:17
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 16:17
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14020

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