From Passion to Compassion: A Caring Inquiry into Creative Work as Socially Engaged Art

Ana Alacovska*

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This article considers the analytical potential of a concept of care that foregrounds human interdependencies, relational ties and the needs of others as the basis for action in analysing work, such as creative work, which is neither directly nor obviously associated with care provision. Work in the creative industries has recently become a central concern in sociology. Much of this scholarship reproduces or extends the idea of creative work as a paradigm of individualized work in contemporary societies that is characterized by high levels of worker autonomy, passion, self-expression and self-enterprise. This article challenges such theorizations by calling attention to the role of caring in creative work, understood both as an ontological phenomenon and as a relational practice of sustaining and repairing the world. Drawing on a qualitative study of socially engaged art in South-East Europe, I argue that creative work manifests itself as a labour of care and compassion.
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)727-744
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - aug. 2020

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Published online: 4 March 2020


  • Care
  • Caring
  • Compassion
  • Creative industries
  • Creative labour
  • Creative work
  • Cultural work
  • Individualization
  • individualized work
  • Passion
  • Socially engaged art
  • Social practice art