Neglected elements: Production, labor and the environment
Maxwell, R. and Miller, T. (2013) Neglected elements: Production, labor and the environment. In: Valdivia, A.N., Nerone, J., Gates, K., Mazzaarella, S. and Mayer, V., (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, pp. 601-625.
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This chapter applies a materialist, ecological approach to analyze the physical environment in which media production takes place, focusing on media-related occupations across global supply chains. We argue that conventional production studies have too narrowly circumscribed this sector and that more comprehensive research on media production labor is needed. We critique the idealism and pro-growth ideology that draws production studies toward both a focus on consciousness and the so-called aristocracy of talent. Our aim here is to find ways for media production studies to help establish a just system of environmental accounting, which challenges the creative industries to stop stealing from the Earth and from working people in the name of growth.
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