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Creative hubs: a co-operative space?

Sandoval, M. & Littler, J. (2019). Creative hubs: a co-operative space? In: Gill, R., Pratt, A.C. & Virani, T. (Eds.), Creative Hubs in Question: Place, Space and Work in the Creative Economy. (pp. 155-168). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.


How equitable and co-operative are creative hubs? Whilst their image is often one of creative conviviality, their political economies are often fairly diverse; including a range of forms of cultural industry from the corporate to the co-operative. Indeed, we might, for example, map a spectrum or a taxonomy of co-working ranging from corporate industries leasing communal space to cultural workers through to the worker’s co-operative where responsibilities and profits are shared. Drawing on a range of historical material and contemporary interviews with worker’s co-operatives in the cultural sector, this chapter considers the benefits brought by worker’s co-ops to cultural hubs in London in both their contemporary and recent historical manifestations. Taking a critical and polemical stance, it argues that supporting worker’s co-operatives should be central to any strategic provision for creative hubs.

Publication Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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