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Is Media Work Good Work? A Case Study of Television Documentary

Hesmondhalgh, D and Zoellner, A (2013) Is Media Work Good Work? A Case Study of Television Documentary. In: Valdivia, AN, (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. Blackwell Publishing Ltd . ISBN 9781444361506


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This chapter examines a politics of creative media work in order to make claims for what is good work. These claims follow a number of recent critiques of work emerging from media production studies. Drawing on sociology, philosophy, and social theory, the chapter develops a model for the analysis of good and bad work in general. A case study of the independent television sector in the UK and Germany then applies this model to illustrate the coexistence of positive and negative features in media work. This intervention aims to promote the kind of emancipatory social action necessary to make access to good work, including good creative work, more equal and just.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2013, Blackwell Publishing Ltd. This is an author produced version of a paper published in The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781444361506.wbiems056.
Keywords: Ethics; cultural work; documentary production; media labor; self-actualization; television
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (Leeds) > Institute of Communication Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Symplectic Publications
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2011 11:22
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2015 10:15
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781444361506.wbiems056
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Identification Number: 10.1002/9781444361506.wbiems056
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/42878

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