Communication processes and Cultural Practices
Forms of production in the cultural and creative industries: boundaries and meanings
Cultural and creative industries (CCIs) encompass visual and performing arts, literature, and music, but also design, fashion, cultural heritage, and publishing (Sawyer, 2014; Razzoli et al., 2020). This concept also includes cultural and communicative processes (Casey and O’Brien, 2020). With few notable exceptions (Hesmondalgh and Baker, 2015; Snowball and Hadisi, 2020), social science , has not yet set out to offer a systematic treatment of the field and its labor and organizational processes.
However, forms of production within the CCIs are a promising subject of investigation for social scientists. Firstly, because formality and informality overlap more in cultural work (Banks, 2007) than in other sectors (Micalizzi, 2022; OECD, 2021). This is because it is presented as “cool” and apparently fun work (Hesmon- dalgh and Baker, 2015; Been and Keune, 2020). However, its organization often conceals dynamics of power and exploitation. A class dimension seems to be evident, with some jobs being considered prestigious and others second-class (Hesmondalgh, 2012), as well as a gender dimension, with several studies in different sectors that have shown that there exists a deep occupational segregation (Rocchi et al., 2023; Micalizzi, 2022). Moreover, the critical contractual and organizational issues in these worlds are illustrated by the fact that in 2020, the Covid pandemic will lead to the loss of at least 10 million jobs in CCIs worldwide (UNESCO 2021). Finally, “over-the-top” platforms (Abreu et al., 2016; Magaudda, 2020) and the unexpected risks of automation associated with using artificial intelligence raise new questions about the future of work in this sector (Mazzone and Elgammal, 2019; Anantrasirichai and Bull, 2022).
The call for papers invites theoretical and empirical, qualitative and quantitative research contributions that focus specifically on:
- What are the boundaries of CCIs?
- What does it mean to produce culture?
- Streaming platforms and new ways of producing CCIs
- The types and forms of inequalities in the CCIs
- Artificial Intelligence and the transformation of working and producing processes in CCIs.
How to submit
Authors are invited to send their proposals to
including an abstract of the book (no more than 800 words included bibliography), and a short bibliography. The abstract must clearly shed light on goals, methods and main results of the research, if the paper will be an empirical focus.
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Creative media are contexts, catalysts and cultural technologies, playing a pivotal role in activating and directing contemporary phenomena that take place in our society. Communication processes and Cultural Practices book series meet the perspective of observing the social reality starting from the role of media and of communication’s processes. Media, Communication and cultural processes, in fact, aims at being the publishing frame for editorial proposals, academic and with a strong attention to empirical research, that want to investigate contemporary phenomena looking at what happens concretely in our society and that involve individuals: as single person, group or community.
The research areas
Phenomenon, culture and subjectivity are the three main research points on media that guide the selection of the proposals. The starting point of the Communication processes and Cultural Practices book series’ perspective is that it is not possible to identify clear and neat borders with in these three social constructs and that the richness of the contributions is represented by the contamination, contact and dialog among them. Moreover, it is the way to guarantee a multidisciplinary glance to contribute the “discover”, the proposition of new analysis, enable to contribute to the dialog theories and tools of contiguous disciplines.
Submit your proposal
Communication processes and Cultural Practices book series hosts two books per year. The scheduling is based on direct proposals coming from the editorial board and/or external/internal call for proposals, previously approved by the board, according to the mission of the book series. The proposals could come from independent researchers, tenured track academics, young scholars, keepers of innovative glances on socio-cultural and communicative processes.
Authors are invited to send their proposals to
including an abstract of the book (no more than 800 words), index if possible, and a short bibliography. The abstract has to highlight the aims of the publication and the elements of uniqueness than other editorial contents already published in the national and international panorama.
The proposals could be in Italian or in English.
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I media creativi si presentano come contesti, catalizzatori e tecnologie culturali, svolgendo un ruolo centrale nell’attivazione/direzione dei fenomeni contemporanei che nella società prendono forma. Osservare la realtà sociale a partire dal contributo dei media e della comunicazione è la prospettiva che caratterizza la collana Media, Comunicazione e Processi culturali che intende fare da cornice per le proposte editoriali, di tipo accademico e con una forte attenzione alla ricerca empirica, volte a indagare fenomeni della contemporaneità a partire da ciò che accade nella società e coinvolge direttamente l’individuo: come singolo, come gruppo e come comunità.
Le aree di ricerca
Fenomeno, cultura e soggetto sono i tre punti focali delle ricerche e degli studi sui media che trovano spazio all’interno della collana. Il principio di fondo è che la definizione dei margini di questi costrutti sia impossibile e che nei limen, nel contatto o intreccio, nella relazione tra di essi vi sia la ricchezza prospettica e interpretativa che possa garantire uno sguardo multidisciplinare e favorire la scoperta, la proposizione di analisi nuove, capaci di fare dialogare teorie e strumenti di discipline attigue.
Invia la tua proposta
La collana ospita due volumi per anno. La programmazione prende le mosse da proposte dirette del board editoriale e/o da call for proposal appositamente costruite e approvate dallo stesso, che rispettino la mission della collana e diano spazio anche a ricercatori/trici indipendenti, accademici/che, portatori/trici di sguardi innovatori nello studio dei processi culturali e comunicativi.
L’invio di proposte può avvenire inoltrando un breve abstract, se disponibile l’indice, e una breve bibliografia. L’abstract non deve superare le 800 parole e deve indicare in modo chiaro l’obiettivo della pubblicazione e gli elementi di originalità che la distinguono da contenuti già editi nel panorama nazionale e internazionale.
L’inoltro può avvenire per mail al seguente indirizzo: firstname.lastname@example.org
È possibile sottoporre la proposta in inglese e in italiano.
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Alessandra Micalizzi is associate professor in Sociology of Cultural processes and Communication at Faculty of Humanistic Sciences at Pegaso University. She is lecturer at SAE Institute of Milan where she teaches sociology of new media. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Research and development Dept. Moreover, Micalizzi is the MPP Coordinator for the international master in media practices. She is a psychologist, a sociologist and completed her PhD in Communication and New Technologies at IULM University in 2008. After four years as post-doc scholar, she collaborated with several national and international academies such as IULM, IUSVe, IUSTo, IED.
Micalizzi is part of the board of NAaD international master, launched by IUAV (Italian University of Venice). She is member of AIS (Italian Sociology Association) and ESA (European Sociology Association). She is editor for the International Review “Narrare i gruppi”.
Her recent area of research deals with gender studies, socio-cultural representation and the role of media; the psychology of dwelling; visual studies applied to new contexts of socialization. Among her recent publications there is Women in creative industries. Il gender gap nell’industria musicale (2021), FrancoAngeli.