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Beyond the BeatMusicians Building Community in Nashville$
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Daniel B. Cornfield

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691160733

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691160733.001.0001

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Community, Agency, and Artistic Expression

Community, Agency, and Artistic Expression

(p.150) Chapter 7 Community, Agency, and Artistic Expression
Beyond the Beat

Daniel B. Cornfield

Princeton University Press

This chapter presents a new, post-bureaucratic research agenda in the new sociology of work derived from the sociological theory of artist activism. The agenda consists of three themes for future research. First is the generalizability of the Nashville model of artist activism across cities that differ in terms of their mix of art-production and -consumption activity and their levels and history of arts trade unionism. The second theme pertains to the influence of biographical pathways, risk orientations, and occupational socialization through intergenerational peer mentoring on the formation of the next generation of artist activists. The third theme is an assessment of the effectiveness of the several prevailing models of guild-like labor organizations for freelancers and artists on advancing individual and occupational professional and economic interests. The chapter concludes with policy implications for building and strengthening inclusive and expressive, urban occupational communities in an era of risk individualization and identity politics.

Keywords:   sociology of work, artist activism, Nashville artist activism, arts trade unionism, intergenerational peer mentoring, labor organizations, policy implications, urban occupational communities

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