Minor Sociology of creative industries


Manuel Boutet, Université Côte d'Azur, CNRS, GREDEG


Classroom, Campus SophiaTech




30 students

About this minor


Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the place of technics in society
  • Learning the history of modern industry
  • Identify the major tensions and contradictions within the creative industries to better understand debates and polemics
  • Thinking differently the relation between creativity and organizations
  • Acquire some keys to understand the relationship between creativity and careers today
  • Conceptual and methodological tools to go further in investigating

During our time together, the sociological approach will be introduced and its merits for understanding the issues of the cultural and creative industries. Most of all, after this course, you will have the conceptual and methodological tools to make your own research in the domain you are the most interested in.

We begin by examining the place of techniques in societies, then we go back to the industrialization and urbanization of the 19th century, then we examine the development of communication techniques and media in the 20th century, and the rise of the publics, which bring us to the invention designated by Theodore Adorno as "Cultural Industry". And as Michel De Certeau remarks, it is not only culture but the whole everyday life that is industrialized. From then on, the rise of communities and of innovations by use will first contradict all of Adorno's predictions, but then the industries will regain (partial) control by the development of advanced forms of "community management". Finally, we will be able to understand the new place that creativity is taking in today's industries, as a criterion for recruitment and a goal of team management. From there we will describe the consequences of these evolutions on the careers of the new "creative professions".


  • Manuel Boutet, MCF, Sociology
  • Quentin Gervasoni, PhD Student in Sociology
  • Reflective essay about creativity (2 pages) - Submission deadline: Dec, 16
  • Problematized summary note based on readings (5 pages) - Submission deadline: Dec, 16


Autumn 2021 (updated Oct.18th)


Time slot

Course title



Oct 21 9h00-12h30 Technics as culture Quentin Gervasoni E-206, Templiers 2, Campus SophiaTech  https://univ-cotedazur.zoom.us/j/6250656071
Industrialization & the City Manuel Boutet
Oct 28 9h00-12h30 From communication to media Manuel Boutet E-206, Templiers 2, Campus SophiaTech
Nov 18 9h00-12h30 Cultural Industry and Mass Culture Quentin Gervasoni S-129, Templiers 2, Campus SophiaTech
Nov 25 9h00-12h30 The rise of the communities Quentin Gervasoni S-129, Templiers 2, Campus SophiaTech
Dec 2 9h00-12h30 Community (micro-)management Quentin Gervasoni E-108, Templiers 2, Campus SophiaTech
Dec 9 9h00-12h30 Creativity as team management Manuel Boutet E-108, Templiers 2, Campus SophiaTech
Dec 16 9h00-12h00 The careers of the creative professions Manuel Boutet E-108, Templiers 2, Campus SophiaTech