Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity

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This timely, necessary collection of essays provides feminist analyses of a recession-era media culture characterized by the reemergence and refashioning of familiar gender tropes, including crisis masculinity, coping women, and postfeminist self-renewal. Interpreting media forms as diverse as reality television, financial journalism, novels, lifestyle blogs, popular cinema, and advertising, the contributors reveal gendered narratives that recur across media forms too often considered in isolation from one ...
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Overview


This timely, necessary collection of essays provides feminist analyses of a recession-era media culture characterized by the reemergence and refashioning of familiar gender tropes, including crisis masculinity, coping women, and postfeminist self-renewal. Interpreting media forms as diverse as reality television, financial journalism, novels, lifestyle blogs, popular cinema, and advertising, the contributors reveal gendered narratives that recur across media forms too often considered in isolation from one another. They also show how, with a few notable exceptions, recession-era popular culture promotes affective normalcy and transformative individual enterprise under duress while avoiding meaningful critique of the privileged white male or the destructive aspects of Western capitalism. By acknowledging the contradictions between political rhetoric and popular culture, and between diverse screen fantasies and lived realities, Gendering the Recession helps to make sense of our postboom cultural moment.

Contributors. Sarah Banet-Weiser, Hamilton Carroll, Hannah Hamad, Anikó Imre, Suzanne Leonard, Isabel Molina-Guzmán, Sinéad Molony, Elizabeth Nathanson, Diane Negra, Tim Snelson, Yvonne Tasker, Pamela Thoma
 

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<I>Bitch</I> - Joshunda Sanders

“The new anthology Gendering the Recession offers a look at the marked resurgence of gender roles, assumptions, and imperatives that characterized this time, with smart analyses of how gender impacted branding and marketing…. The essays are united in their well-stated indictment of journalistic rhetoric that infantilizes the underemployed, particularly those who are male. While the timespan and subject matter covered by Gendering the Recession is severe and bleak, the writing here is far from it.”
Anita Biressi

"Gendering the Recession is a must-read. Essays referencing topics such as fashion blogs and thrift practices, housing and home ownership, domestic labor, unemployment, family breakdown, and so on keep the material conditions and lived experience of the recession at the fore."
Toby Miller

"As the global economic crisis takes new shape, there could be no more timely and telling a contribution to understanding it than this powerful volume. Drawing on some of the best analysts in cultural studies, it emphasizes the necessity of a gendered lens if we are to make sense of the times we live in."—Toby Miller
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"Gendering the Recession is a must-read. Essays referencing topics such as fashion blogs and thrift practices, housing and home ownership, domestic labor, unemployment, family breakdown, and so on keep the material conditions and lived experience of the recession at the fore."—Anita Biressi, coauthor of Class and Contemporary British Culture
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822356967
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,207,673
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Diane Negra is Professor of Film Studies and Screen Culture and Head of Film Studies at University College Dublin.

Yvonne Tasker is Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of East Anglia.

Negra and Tasker are the coeditors of Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture, also published by Duke University Press.

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