The myth of meritocracy

 25 January 2019

The cultural sector has become a self-endorsing closed shop and it’s high time for a shake-up. Creative & Cultural Skills CEO Simon Dancey throws down the gauntlet and commits to leading the charge.

With my background in sociology, I’m fascinated by the way middle-class values and structures dominate the cultural landscape of the UK. Recent reports, particularly the Panic! 2018 research, have exposed the profile of the workforce, the continual replication of certain values, and the ‘closed shop’ nature of the cultural sector. This is the myth of meritocracy: people do not get to work in the sector based on ability...

Simon's blog appeared in Arts Professional on 24 January 2019. Read the full post on their website. 


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