The creative economy, the creative class and cultural intermediation

Orian Brook, Dave O’Brien, Mark Taylor

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This chapter presents an overview of recent work on cultural intermediaries and the ‘creative class’ in relation to social inequality. The chapter looks at Britain’s ‘creative class’ in relation to workforce patterns, tastes, social attitudes, and their faith in the transformative power of culture. Ultimately the chapter suggests we need caution when thinking about the impact of cultural intermediaries on social inequality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Intermediaries Connecting Communities
Subtitle of host publicationRevisiting approaches to cultural engagement
EditorsPhil Jones, Beth Perry, Paul Long
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781447345008, 9781447345022, 9781447345039
ISBN (Print)9781447344995, 9781447345015
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameConnected Communities
PublisherPolicy Press


  • inequality
  • creative class
  • cultural production
  • cultural consumption
  • values and attitudes
  • classification
  • class


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