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to each one's due at the borderline of work

toward a theoretical framework for economic, social and cultural rights

Art and entertainment are fast-growing sectors of the economy today, reflecting significant societal change. The new conditions of the information and communication society have in essential ways contributed to a diversification of working life and the increased use of so-called atypical work formats.

To continue to regard work that deviates from the old standard of permanent full-time employment as atypical, despite its magnitude, indicates that law has not kept up with the actual change in society. This can have severe legal repercussions for persons adversely affected.

Artists are professionals for whom there are no proper categories in labour and social security legislation. This makes their status a fruitful object of scrutiny, as artistic work requires a changed perception of work, to include also other values than purely economic ones. Also human and social aspirations need to be considered, as they are articulated in cultural policies.

The nature of artistic work also assists in displaying the changing makeup of the information and communication society. Part of this new makeup is that a person has come to assume, or is expected to assume, a role as an active player in working life.  Within a span of a few decades, people have been expected to transmute from passive men and women by the assembly line, subdued to cost-effectiveness in time and movement, to a person who is supposed to be one's own architect of fortune.

ISBN 952.91-5223-X (paperback) Yliopistopaino, Helsinki 2002

ISBN 952.10-0762-1 (PDF)

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"… hers is not an armchair mastery of the problems …"

"… this work shows us a window on a new and better vision of working society"

Elizabeth Wolgast


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