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SEMINAR: Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series- Zoom Edition

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Anthropology and Sociology Seminar Series- Zoom Edition : Keeping Time: Work, Temporality and Subjectivity Among Independent Musicians in Perth Other events...
In 2017 musicians not signed to major music labels, known as independent musicians, constituted the fastest growing sector of the global music industry. Technological shifts have radically altered the political economy of the music. This has impacted the labour process of independent musicians. This multimedia thesis analyses these shifts through the subject of time, by using the concept of time-discipline. Many argue, the attitudes that independent musicians have towards commercialisation, their work and themselves as workers, are changing. Scholars suggest musicians are adopting the subjectivity of an entrepreneur. This suggestion has implications for how these workers understand, experience and practice their work time. However, there is a lack of literature that makes the matter of work time among independent musicians the central focus of this research. Using ethnographic film, this thesis explores the subject of work, time and subjectivity among independent musicians in Perth. It is clear that these musicians are engaging in forms of work time-discipline in response to short-term precarity and long-term career uncertainty. This thesis argues that time-discipline among these musicians can be understood as a necessary form of temporal optimisation, which is indicative of an entrepreneurial subjectivity.


Nathan Hugh Robert is an honours student. His research examines the sociology of work, time and subjectivity. His thesis project envolves a written exegesis as well as an enthrographic documentary film. Outside of his thesis, Nathan is interested in the subjects of neoliberalism, ideology, creative labour, anarchy and masculinity.

Zoom Details: Link: https://uwa.zoom.us/j/95457334331?pwd=c1k5QjFMWGhuWUFMS3FocnFIMms5dzo9 Password: 428153
Speaker(s) Nathan Hugh Robert
Location Zoom Session: Link: Link: https://uwa.zoom.us/j/95457334331?pwd=c1k5QjFMWGhuWUFMS3FocnFIMms5dzo9 Password: 428153
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Start Fri, 15 May 2020 14:30
End Fri, 15 May 2020 15:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Wed, 13 May 2020 09:10
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