This chapter considers “passion” as an enthusiastic orientation to work within creative worlds: work motivated by intense attachments to the products of work and their conditions of production. Drawing on Luc Boltanski’s pragmatic sociology of critique and justification, the chapter argues that the passionate lens most usefully trains our sights on normative questions: not what or how – but why such work is undertaken. Embedded in research on cultural and creative industries, the contemporary recorded music sector is presented as a “passionate” industry in transformation. Interviews with workers, who both criticize and defend their industry, act as a springboard to explore three possible interpretive approaches: affirmative, critical and pragmatic. Theoretical flexibility is needed to keep “passion” open to future inquiry – particularly regarding inequalities in creative work.
|Title of host publication||Palgrave Handbook of Creativity at Work|
|Editors||Lee Martin, Nick Wilson|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.|
|Number of pages||29|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Jul 2018|