Mobilization of Artists and Understanding of the Political Field: Struggles Around the Contract Work System

Serge Proust 1
1 DPCS
CMW - Centre Max Weber
Abstract : For the last 20 years, many mobilizations related to the contract work system that is subsidized by the general unemployment insurance system have occurred in various French artistic fields, mainly in the performing arts. They are characterized by an intense politicization which can be explained by the role of the state in these fields. On the one hand, state intervention suspends the rules of themarket economy. On the other hand, the state is one of the main users of the unemployment insurance system which externalizes labor costs. Politicization is also based on the limited resources of the mobilized groups. Thus, these groups promote permanent media coverage of their fights in order to force the political leaders to speak out in their support. Politicization has also led these groups to try to destroy the political capital of some Ministers of Culture. In conclusion, the present work emphasizes that the artists' demand for the state, which relies on the will to increase aesthetic autonomy, may eventually lead to the opposite situation, the artists becoming dependent on political constraints they do not master.
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International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Springer Verlag, 2010, 23 (2), pp.113-126
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Serge Proust. Mobilization of Artists and Understanding of the Political Field: Struggles Around the Contract Work System. International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Springer Verlag, 2010, 23 (2), pp.113-126. 〈ujm-00669807〉

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