Read Create London and Arts Emergency's new paper investigating inequalities in the cultural workforce

Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries is the first sociological study on social mobility in the cultural industries, and was released by Create London and Arts Emergency on April 16th, 2018.

The paper is part of the wider Panic! project initiated in 2015,which investigates social mobility and inequality within the cultural and creative industries in the UK.

Led by academics Drs Dave O’Brien, Orian Brook, and Mark Taylor from the Universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield, the paper highlights the significant exclusions of those from working class origins, women and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds across the cultural and creative industries, which include the arts, music, publishing, advertising and IT.

The paper covers four main discussion topics:

1. Getting in and getting on: Beliefs in meritocracy
2. Culture’s unequal workforce: How people of Working Class origin have been and continue to be excluded 

3. Who gets paid to work in the arts? The problem of unpaid labour in cultural industries 
4. Attitudes, values and tastes: An unrepresentative ‘creative class’?


Read the full paper online here