The Creative Underclass reviewed in LSE Review of Books

I am pleased to report that there is a new book review of The Creative Underclass in the LSE Review of Books by Kevin Ritter. Described as a refutation of the Richard Florida’s ethos, Ritter writes:

By highlighting the lived experiences and creative strategies of young people living through the challenges of gentrification, the book offers a means to begin envisioning a future city that enables the creativity of all, rather than ‘creativity’ as a luxury consumer product..

Kevin Ritter.

To read the full review, click here.

Register for book talk!

I will be speaking next Wednesday, March 24, 2021, on my book, The Creative Underclass, at Concordia University. The talk, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance and the Department of Art Education, will be held on Zoom from 5-7 pm (Montréal). To register for the free talk, please click here.

Announcing virtual book tour

As the pandemic cut short my planned travel to discuss the book with audiences in both the UK and US, I am now planning an online tour.

My virtual book tour begins in March 2021, and I will be presenting ethnographic snapshots from The Creative Underclass. You can find the most up-to-date listing of events here.

Click here to read how I discuss how the book came to be. You can read the introduction to the book for free. Purchase the book and get a 30% discount on the paperback with the coupon E19DENMD.

If you are interested in hosting a public lecture or private talk in an academic or non-academic setting, please contact me at td287 (at) Check back here or sign up for blog updates to get most up-to-date listings and registration details!

Book Review of The Creative Underclass

Dr. Frances Howard, a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and course leader for the Youth Studies programme, has reviewed The Creative Underclass in Cultural Sociology. Howard is the convenor of BERA’s Youth Studies and Informal Education Special Interest Group. Of the book, she writes:

“For those who are interested in cultural policy and youth programmes, this book is an important awakening for those who uncritically accept the discourse of creativity as a force for good. This study destabilizes the taken-for-granted assumption about arts activities as ‘positive activities’ through which young people can ‘better themselves’. This book is a timely reminder that youth development programmes do not solve economic problems.”

Frances Howard “Cultural Sociology.” To read the full review in Cultural Sociology, click here. The pre-publication version can be read for free here.