School of Social and Political Science

New audiobook puts a spotlight on inequalities in the cultural sector



Culture is Bad for You audiobook


A new audiobook is calling for the transformation of cultural and creative industries to address inequalities preventing them from achieving their potential. The book - Culture is Bad for You - is based on the lived experiences of cultural workers and recommends increasing diversity and equality to ensure the long-term success and viability of the sector. 

Culture is Bad for You was written by University Edinburgh academics Orian Brook of the School of Social and Political Science, and Dave O’Brien of Edinburgh School of Art, with the University of Sheffield’s Mark Taylor. 

The book was published in 2020 and has just been released in Audiobook format. 

Interviews with creative and cultural workers
Taking the lived experiences of 66 cultural workers (more than 200 contributed to the research) from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages and occupations, Culture is Bad for You marries qualitative research with a wide range of quantitative data to call for transformation of the cultural and creative industries.  

The authors discuss messages from governments and arts organisations about how culture will keep people fit and healthy, bring communities together, and improve education. They argue that we actually need to be cautious about culture and that, while inequalities that characterise both workforce and audience remain unaddressed, the positive contribution culture makes to society can never be fully realised.

Arts Emergency podcast
Culture is Bad for You is also the subject of a new podcast series from the Arts Emergency youth mentoring charity and support network, Crash Culture.