The rise and fall of the occupation of restaurant musicians

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Title: The rise and fall of the occupation of restaurant musicians
Author: Nikkonen, Ahti Jorma Ensio
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Policy
Date: 2005-01-14
Language: en
Thesis level: Doctoral thesis
Abstract: I examine in this thesis 1) what kind of changes have occurred in the labour relations and terms of employment of restaurant musicians since the 1920's and how the people of this industry have succeeded in attending to their interests in labour policy, 2) the relationship between alcohol policy and labour policy from the point of view of musicians and 3) what kind of lifestyles of musicians exist? The thesis is located between the traditional thesis and article thesis. This thesis is based on articles and the summary article:1) The music generations of the taste of restaurant musicians (Nikkonen1998) 2) The work of restaurant musicians from 1920's: the precursors of hired labour? (Nikkonen 2000) 3) From state discipline to market discipline: restaurant musicians as objects and instruments (Nikkonen 2001). 4) The precursors of the life politics? The orientations of the work of restaurant musicians (Nikkonen 2002) 5) Restaurant musicians - hired and temporary labour from the year 1919 to the era of postmodernism (Nikkonen 2002) When analysing the interviews of restaurant musicians I found tripartition: the period of discipline (1919-1949), the period of civilisation (1950-1989) and the period of market discipline (1990-) As early as in the 1920's and on, restaurant musicians have been forced to work, in many ways, in atypical employment relationships that are marked with globalization and postmodernism characteristic to our society. Division of paid labour between a growing number of people and the increase on temporary jobs create a totally new situation in the labour market, as a great part of the labour force has to make their living by working temporarily in the same way as freelance musicians and possibly gain the rest from the social security aid. Also, traditional politics are giving way to life politics. After observing the changes in the nature of work of restaurant musicians, one can conclude that there is a true reason to be worried. After all, the whole industry of restaurant musicians, at least in the original meaning of the word, has ceased to exist.
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Subject: restaurant musicians - freelance musicians
labour policy - temporary jobs
alcohol policy - restaurants
lifestyle - life politics
music culture - dance music

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