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Trabajo y sociedad

On-line version ISSN 1514-6871


CORREA, María Eugenia. The cultural production of design: The case of self-managed designers in Buenos Aires city. Trab. soc. [online]. 2011, n.17, pp.329-342. ISSN 1514-6871.

In the last years, in Argentina, and specifically in Buenos Aires City, diverse self-managed productions, linked to design of objects, have generated the participation of many young people in the productive structure. In this context, young self-managed designers are configured, combining economic and productive strategies with cultural and artistic productions, giving shape to objects that 'charge' a singular aesthetics. This work proposes to describe and analyze the modality of insertion of these young designers into the economical and labor scene, impelled by a practice of self-management through which diverse designed objects -in terms of cultural goods- are produced. It is interesting to research the development of the "self-managed design" enterprises because of the impact in cultural field and in quotidian life, inside a visual culture where design operates on the objects, bringing them symbolic value to be incorporated to everyday life. Also it is interesting to comprehend the way this practice constructs life-styles and configures identities, applying to individualized consumer goods, according to design products. This article will present the main recent results of the research.

Keywords : Self-managed design; Cultural production; Self-management; Identity configuration; Symbolic every-day construction.

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