Browse/search for people

Publication - Dr Harry Pitts

    Expat agencies: Expatriation and exploitation in the creative industries in the UK and the Netherlands

    Citation

    Pitts, FH, 2019, ‘Expat agencies: Expatriation and exploitation in the creative industries in the UK and the Netherlands’. in: Stephanie Taylor, Susan Luckman (eds) Pathways Into Creative Working Lives. Palgrave Macmillan

    Abstract

    This chapter explores so-called ‘expat agencies’ in the graphic design, branding and advertising sector in the Netherlands, the young British ‘flexpatriates’ and self-initiated expatriates who staff them, and the different pathways into creative labour their expatriation represents. Hybrid local–global spaces are marked by the mobility of people and management practices, which give rise to contradictions when capitalist relations of production are mediated at different local and global registers. Thirty-three interviews were conducted with expatriates working in the field and other creatives employed at, or with experience of, the workplace and sectoral dynamics underpinning the constellation of expat agencies based in Amsterdam and the wider Randstad area consisting of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. The chapter considers the role of individual expatriates and the expat agencies around which they congregate in conditioning their pathways into and between creative jobs.

    Full details in the University publications repository