Multiple Identities of Media Labourers and Experiences of Creative Autonomy: An Empirical Investigation from a TV Programme Producer’s Perspective

Abstract

The paper shows that media labourers are likely to form multiple selves throughout their career path, and their perception and experiences towards creative autonomy is strongly related to their multi-dimensional identities. This paper argues that there is a need to establish a balanced concept of creative autonomy that embraces the various facets of creative labourers’ working experiences and relationships within the industries. I propose a new definitional framework of creative autonomy, based on the notion of multiple selves of TV producers in South Korea. A new definitional framework of creative autonomy is therefore encompasses three dimensions of multiple selves of creative labourer: creative professionals (occupational/macro), employed labour (organisational/meso), and creative selves (individual/macro). Based on my own in-depth interviews for the upcoming doctoral thesis (with television producers of Entertainment programme productions in South Korea), this paper observes how television workers are experiencing multiple identities in their work places and how they are dealing with conflicts between creativity, commerce, and connectivity.



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Chai-Rin An, University of Warwick, UK

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Conference: ACCS2015
Stream: Cultural Studies

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