Career gatekeeping in cultural fields

  title={Career gatekeeping in cultural fields},
  author={Julian Hamann and Stefan Beljean},
  journal={American Journal of Cultural Sociology},
This paper presents a comparative analysis of career gatekeeping processes in two cultural fields. Drawing on data on appointment procedures in German academia and booking processes in North American stand-up comedy, we compare how gatekeepers in two widely different contexts evaluate and select candidates for established positions in their respective field and validate their decisions. Focusing on three types of gatekeeping practices that have been documented in prior research—typecasting… 
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