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Title: Unveiling the subject behind diversity:Exploring the micro-politics of representation in ethnic minority creatives’ identity work
Authors: Zanoni, Patrizia
Thoelen, Annelies
Ybema, Sierk
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: ORGANIZATION, 24 (3), pag. 330-354
Status: In Press
Abstract: Much literature on the cultural industries celebrates ethnicity as a source of creativity. Despite its positive connotation, this discourse reduces ethnic minority creatives to manifestations of a collective ethnic identity automatically leading to creativity, creating a paradox of creativity without a creative subject. Approaching creatives with an ethnic minority background as agents, this article investigates how they self-reflectively and purposely discursively construct ethnicity as a source of creativity in their identity work. Empirically, we analyze interviews with well-established creatives with an ethnic minority background active in Belgium. Most respondents construct their ethnic background as hybrid', exotic', or liminal' to craft an identity as creatives and claim creativity for their work. Only few refuse to discursively deploy ethnicity as a source of creativity, crafting more individualized identities as creatives. Our study contributes to the literature on power and ethnicity in the creative industries by documenting ethnic minority creatives' discursive micro-struggle over what is creative work and who qualifies as a creative. Specifically, we show their counterpolitics of representation of ethnicity in the creative industries through the re-signification of the relation between the west' and the other' in less disadvantageous terms. Despite such re-signification, the continued relevance of the discourse of ethnicity as a key marker of difference suggests that ethnicity remains a principle of unequal organization of the creative industries.
Notes: Zanoni, P (reprint author), Univ Hasselt, Martelarenlaan 42, B-3500 Hasselt, Belgium. patrizia.zanoni@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/23506
DOI: 10.1177/1350508417690396
ISI #: 000401241000004
ISSN: 1350-5084
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
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