Cultural entrepreneurs, cultural entrepreneurship: music producers mobilising and converting Bourdieu's alternative capitals

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    Abstract

    This article analyses how DIY ('Do It Yourself') music producers act in entrepreneurial ways to generate 'buzz' from an economically constrained position. Through semi-structured interviews with music producers in New Zealand, it is suggested a process of capital mobilisation and conversion takes place, where Bourdieu's alternative forms of capital offer a use- and exchange-value in creating new cultural goods that meet identity desires and generate cultural intermediary interest. This adds a new aspect to the sociology of work in the cultural industries by exploring cultural entreprenuers' practices as a generalised economy of exchange. Although only an indicative sensitising framework, capital mobilisation and conversion may be useful for investigating the practices of cultural entrepreneurs in other sectors of the new cultural economy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)237-255
    Number of pages19
    JournalPoetics
    Volume40
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

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