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Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Aboriginal Child at School     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 26)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Acta Academica     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Acta Universitaria     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Adeptus     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Advocate: Newsletter of the National Tertiary Education Union     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Afghanistan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
African Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Agriculture and Human Values     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Akademika : Journal of Southeast Asia Social Sciences and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Alterstice : Revue internationale de la recherche interculturelle     Open Access  
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Amaltea. Revista de mitocrítica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Imago     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
American Review of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Anabases     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Analyse & Kritik. Zeitschrift für Sozialtheorie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Anglo-Saxon England     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Antik Tanulmányok     Full-text available via subscription  
Antipode     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 57)
Anuario Americanista Europeo     Open Access  
Arbutus Review     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Ars & Humanitas     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Artefact : Techniques, histoire et sciences humaines     Open Access  
Artes Humanae     Open Access  
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
Asia Europe Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Behaviour & Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52)
Behemoth     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Belin Lecture Series     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bereavement Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Cahiers de praxématique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cankiri Karatekin University Journal of Faculty of Letters     Open Access  
Child Care     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Chinese Studies Journal     Open Access  
Chronicle of Philanthropy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Claroscuro     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Cogent Arts & Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Colloquia Humanistica     Open Access  
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Con Texte     Open Access  
Congenital Anomalies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Creative Industries Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Critical Arts : South-North Cultural and Media Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales. Universidad Nacional de Jujuy     Open Access  
Cultural History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 58)
Culturas : Debates y Perspectivas de un Mundo en Cambio     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture, Theory and Critique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Daedalus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Dandelion : Postgraduate Arts Journal & Research Network     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Death Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Digital Humanities Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 56)
Digital Studies / Le champ numerique     Open Access  
Digitális Bölcsészet / Digital Humanities     Open Access  
Diogenes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi / Dokuz Eylül University Journal of Humanities     Open Access  
Dorsal : Revista de Estudios Foucaultianos     Open Access  
E+E : Estudios de Extensión en Humanidades     Open Access  
e-Hum : Revista das Áreas de Humanidade do Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Early Modern Culture Online     Open Access   (Followers: 36)
EAU Heritage Journal Social Science and Humanities     Open Access  
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
En-Claves del pensamiento     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Enfoques     Open Access  
Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Études arméniennes contemporaines     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Études de lettres     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
European Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
European Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Expositions     Full-text available via subscription  
Fa Nuea Journal     Open Access  
Fields: Journal of Huddersfield Student Research     Open Access  
Fronteras : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Frontiers in Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal  
GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
German Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
German Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 28)
Germanic Review, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Globalizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Habitat International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Hacettepe Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
History of Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Hopscotch: A Cultural Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Human Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Human Nature     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Human Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Human Remains and Violence : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Human Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
humanidades     Open Access  
Humanitaire     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Humanities and Social Sciences Journal of Graduate School, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University     Open Access  
Humanities and Social Sciences Journal, Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University     Open Access  
Humanities Diliman : A Philippine Journal of Humanities     Open Access  
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Studies (HASSS)     Open Access  
Hungarian Cultural Studies     Open Access  
Hungarian Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Inkanyiso : Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Insaniyat : Journal of Islam and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Inter Faculty     Open Access  
Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
International Journal of Arab Culture, Management and Sustainable Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
International Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
International Journal of Heritage Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Humanities of the Islamic Republic of Iran     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
International Journal of Humanity Studies     Open Access  
International Journal of Listening     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of the Classical Tradition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
ÍSTMICA. Revista de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jangwa Pana     Open Access  
Jednak Książki : Gdańskie Czasopismo Humanistyczne     Open Access  
Jewish Culture and History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Journal de la Société des Américanistes     Open Access  
Journal des africanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines     Hybrid Journal  
Journal for Cultural Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal for General Philosophy of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal for Learning Through the Arts     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal for New Generation Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism     Hybrid Journal  
Journal for Semitics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Journal Of Advances In Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Aesthetics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Journal of African American Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of African Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of African Elections     Full-text available via subscription  
Journal of Arts & Communities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 24)
Journal of Arts and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Burirum Rajabhat University     Open Access  
Journal of Cultural Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Cultural Geography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 40)
Journal of Developing Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Family Theory & Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Franco-Irish Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Happiness Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Surin Rajabhat University     Open Access  
Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Rajapruk University     Open Access  
Journal of Interactive Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Journal of Intercultural Communication Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Intercultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Interdisciplinary History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Labor Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Journal of Medical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 38)
Journal of Modern Greek Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Modern Jewish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Open Humanities Data     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Semantics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of University of Babylon for Humanities     Open Access  
Journal of Visual Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Journal Sampurasun : Interdisciplinary Studies for Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jurisprudence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Jurnal Ilmu Sosial dan Humaniora     Open Access  
Jurnal Pendidikan Humaniora : Journal of Humanities Education     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Jurnal Sosial Humaniora     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
L'Orientation scolaire et professionnelle     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
La lettre du Collège de France     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Lagos Notes and Records     Full-text available via subscription  
Language and Intercultural Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Language Resources and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Law and Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Law, Culture and the Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)

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European Journal of Cultural Studies
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Number of Followers: 30  
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ISSN (Print) 1367-5494 - ISSN (Online) 1460-3551
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  • Connected Sahrawi refugee diaspora in Spain: Gender, social media and
           digital transnational gossip
    • Authors: Silvia Almenara-Niebla, Carmen Ascanio-Sánchez
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      While there is increasing scholarly attention given to the impact of digital technologies on forced migration, the points of view and situated experiences of refugees living in the diaspora are understudied. This article addresses Sahrawis refugee diasporas, which have close ties with the Sahrawi political cause. Resulting from the unresolved Western Sahara conflict, Sahrawi forced migrants are at the eye of one of the world’s most protracted refugee situations. While most Sahrawis live in refugee camps in Algeria, some Sahrawis have managed to travel onwards. Social media allows those living elsewhere to maintain connections with contacts living in their original refugee camp. However, Facebook has become a complex environment, particularly for Sahrawi women. Gendered mechanisms of control, such as digital transnational gossip, result in a paradoxical politics of belonging: these women simultaneously desire to keep in touch but do not want to become a subject of gossip. From narratives of Sahrawi young women based in Spain gathered through interviews between 2016 and 2018, as well as a specific Facebook campaign and fan page, the focus is on strategies Sahrawi women develop to avoid and confront digital transnational gossip.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-09-09T07:04:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419869357
  • Conflict as a point of no return: Immigrant and internally displaced
           journalists in Ukraine
    • Authors: Liudmila Voronova
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      The Ukrainian Euromaidan protests in 2013, alongside the Brexit vote and the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, have strongly changed the imaginary of Europe. Apart from ideological shifts and geopolitical changes, the situation in Ukraine has led to a geographic relocation and displacement of media producers and audiences alike. Yet, in the Ukrainian context and beyond, little is known about dislocated journalists in conflict situations. This article addresses the specific experiences of immigrant and internally displaced journalists, their imagined audiences and the overarching construction of post-revolutionary Ukraine as an imagined community. The argument draws empirically from the dislocatory experiences and relocatory trajectories of two groups: immigrant journalists, who moved to Ukraine from Russia, and journalists who migrated internally – to Kyiv and other government-controlled Ukrainian regions from Crimea and non-government-controlled areas of Donbas. For immigrant and internally displaced journalists, the search for new identities and positions is strongly related to their imagination of the audiences. The journalists notice a simultaneous fragmentation and unification of the audiences driven by both top-down and down-up intentions of post-revolutionary nation building. They hope to contribute to turning the fragmented communities into a media nation that will perceive them as ‘us’.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-09-09T07:04:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419869351
  • ‘The view from above’ at Europe’s maritime borders: Racial
           securitization from visuality to postvisuality
    • Authors: Anouk Madörin
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      At a time when the European Union is currently intensifying its electronic frontier through unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, and remotely piloted aircraft and satellite remote sensing devices, it is crucial to ask what this ‘view from above’ in effect enables. Although creating enhanced visibility in the Mediterranean basin of migrants’ crossings, the technological solutions provided by the European Union do not prioritize search and rescue. In analyzing European Union policy documents regarding visibility-making at Europe’s maritime borders, as well as the rationale presented by the industry delivering the technological backbone, this article shows how the ‘view from above’ is not only constructed through data but feeds back into data-generating ‘vision machines’. The working together of the scopic/visual/ocular and the digital/algorithmic/metrical is coined ‘postvisuality’ – a term highlighting the entanglement of image and code and the subsuming of the visual under the digital, or digitality. Postvisuality is framed by Europe’s long history of racial securitization, which in this case facilitates migrants’ data doubles becoming a key locus for financialization and the generation of a surplus for the security and defense industries.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-08-29T12:56:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419869356
  • Negotiating paradise lost: Refugee narratives of pre-war Syria – A
           discursive approach to memory, metaphors and religious identifications
    • Authors: Ingrid Løland
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      How are social relations and ethno-religious identifications of pre-war Syria remembered and narrated by Syrian refugees in exile' Crossing the abyss of war, and negotiated through the shifting times and sites of forced displacement, this article addresses Syrian refugee narratives as discursive practices that attempt to reclaim an irretrievably lost terrain. The metaphor of a ‘paradise lost’ is an unmistakable component of the Syrian refugees’ stories, illustrating multiple understandings of ‘paradise’ in which memories of the past gain a particularly idealized character. At the same time, however, and to some extent belying this metaphor, there are traces of tension-filled undercurrents that call for a plural reading of the past. Discussed within a theoretical framework of memory, metaphors and religious identifications, the empirical analysis highlights two narrative themes: (1) coexistence and diversity: narratives of intercultural and inter-religious relations and (2) living under authoritarian rule: narratives of fear and compliance. Leading up to the revolution and subsequent civil war, these narratives display the ambivalent ways in which Syrian refugees conceptualize the past.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-08-28T07:09:11Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419869352
  • Book review: Karim H Karim and Ahmad Al-Rawi, Diaspora and Media in
           Europe: Migration, Identity and Integration
    • Authors: Mirjam A Twigt
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-08-24T10:28:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419869349
  • Remembering Ireland: News flows and 1916 in the transnational mediascape
    • Authors: Niamh Kirk
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Irish emigration has resulted in large and highly organised diasporas in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia which sustain commercially successful ethnic news organisations serving the communities’ informational and cultural needs. Some of these titles have been operating in print for decades and expanded operations as they transitioned online. Diaspora journalism has an important role in recreating ethnic identity among deterritorialised Irish audiences. However, little is understood about what aspects of homeland culture diaspora news media represent, how ‘Irishness’ is characterised or the extent these representations can be regarded as homogeneous across different hostlands. The focus of this research is on Irish diasporic news organisations, comparing how news titles in each of the regions represented Irish identity over 6 months in 2016. Using RSS Feeds and automated data entry, it maps the news flows from Ireland to the digital diaspora press in each of the regions, revealing differences in the salience of news categories and topics. In addition, a comparative frame analysis of how the 1916 Centenary event in Ireland was covered revealed differences in the conceptualisation and representation of this part of Irish culture. This article highlights the complexity of diaspora news media’s role in representing ethnic identities as they respond and republish homeland current affairs. It reveals unbalanced news flows to the diaspora press and divergences among Irish diasporic news media over how transnational Irish culture is conceptualised and represented.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-08-23T11:36:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419869350
  • Digital (dis)connectivity in fraught contexts: The case of gay refugees in
    • Authors: Alexander Dhoest
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      The key role of digital and mobile media for refugees is increasingly acknowledged, but while the literature on the topic tends to celebrate the advantages of digital media, it is important to also acknowledge limitations. Thus, the focus on the creation and maintenance of connections through digital media may obscure experiences and practices of disconnection. This is certainly the case for forced migrants with non-normative sexual orientations, for whom experiences of homophobia within the family and ethno-cultural community in the country of origin may extend to fraught situations in the country of residence. As with digital media in general, it is important to consider the ‘offline’ social and cultural conditions determining online media uses. This article focuses on the specific challenges for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer refugees, both in general and in Belgium, drawing on desk research and expert interviews, as well as nine in-depth interviews with gay-identifying male refugees. While the refugees are relatively positive about the Belgian situation, they do identify a number of challenges. They use digital media to stay connected to family and other people in the country of origin, but often this connection has become difficult. Social media and dating sites also offer a way to connect to other gay men, but these connections can be equally fraught, particularly in the country of origin for danger of exposure but also in Belgium as social media transcend national boundaries. For this reason, some participants created new or parallel profiles, to keep their gay lives disconnected from their family lives. Overall, then, digital media are a tool not only of connection but also of strategic disconnection for gay refugees.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-08-21T06:29:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419869348
  • Mobiles and ‘making do’: Exploring the affective, digital practices of
           refugee women waiting in Greece
    • Authors: Alexandra Greene
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      In the wake of the so-called European migrant crisis, migration scholars have zoomed in on digital technologies and mobility. Seldom addressed, however, are the affective entanglements of migrant digital practices. Yet, as this article argues, waiting is a deeply affective and embodied experience, mediated by information and communications technologies, and tempered both spatially and temporally. Using the cultural politics of emotion as an entry point, and a reflexive and vulnerable methodology, this article explores the digital practices of 15 women waiting in a refugee camp in Greece. In aiming to more justly represent their experiences, this article seeks to move beyond spatial descriptions of migration, as well as to unsettle prevalent discourses of displacement as a liminal condition. Herein, I use the dialectic of strategy and tactics to explore the ways in which smartphones are mobilised in order to ‘make do’ with protracted experiences of displacement. Three mediated practices of ‘making do’ are explored: non-mainstream news consumption as a tactic of self-care; mediated family practices as a tactic of hope; and nature photography as a tactic of creativity. In the context of a dehumanising strategy of migration containment, I will argue that everyday tactics of self-care, hope and creativity constitute affective forms of agency.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-08-21T06:27:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419869346
  • Why becoming a national treasure matters: Elite celebrity status and
           inequality in the United Kingdom
    • Authors: Chris Greer, Eugene McLaughlin
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article presents the first academic analysis of ‘national treasure’ as a status designation for an elite category of British celebrities who hold a unique position in the Great British hall of fame. The emergence of this status designation is situated in the context of two intersecting processes of cultural change in the post-War period – the rise of celebrity culture and the popularisation of the state honours system. It is proposed that national treasure status results from the accumulation of three interlocking forms of validation: peer, state and media. After reviewing these underpinning forms of validation, we consider one of Britain’s most celebrated national treasures – Dame Judi Dench. The aim is to illustrate empirically the status elevation and sedimentation processes through which particular elite celebrities become national treasures, and the various ways in which they might respond to this status designation. Although the term ‘national treasure’ for many – including those so-designated – may seem a trite term of endearment, we argue that it is in fact an ideological assemblage invested with significance. On one hand, national treasures help revalidate the notion of the authentic celebrity within an apparently meritocratic system that recognises and rewards talent, hard work and dedication. In the context of a relentlessly bleak news cycle, they are a wholly virtuous expression of national identity, signifying all that is great about Britain. On the other hand, although national treasures are constructed as being ‘of the people’, by authenticating the underpinning institutional forms of validation, their status transformation contributes to the legitimation and reproduction of status hierarchies, cultural authority and inequality in the UK.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-08-06T09:06:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861630
  • Celebrity capital, field-specific aesthetic criteria and the status of
           cultural objects: The case of Masked and Anonymous
    • Authors: Simon Stewart
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article probes the explanatory value of the concept of celebrity capital in helping us to grasp the fate of celebrities and the cultural objects they produce when they move across to other fields. However, the article seeks to do more than this: with reference to the example of the singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s incursion into the cinematic field, where he co-wrote Masked and Anonymous (2003), it contributes to debates by examining the significance of field-specific aesthetic criteria in helping us to gain insight into the aesthetic value of cultural objects. While Dylan’s celebrity capital gave him access to a number of ‘A-List’ celebrity actors, the aesthetic dimension of the film did not have a meaningful relation to the state of play in the cinematic field and so the film was, in the main, critically panned. So, Masked and Anonymous made Dylan’s boundary-crossing journey in reverse: it retreated to the field of popular music where its aesthetic properties were warmly received when considered in relation to Dylan’s wider body of work. Meanwhile, it was difficult for the harshest critics to ignore the aesthetic value that Dylan’s wider body of work had accumulated over time. There is, then, a temporal dimension of aesthetic appraisal that needs to be considered, even when reviews are considered at a particular historical conjuncture. In this analysis of field-specific aesthetic criteria, we see that boundary work is effective in diminishing the status of a cultural object (Masked and Anonymous), but we also see that each critic has only limited sway in the face of the totality of judgements which emerges as a supra-individual voice, heterogeneous and full of contradictions, deriving from all those who make evaluative judgements in the field of culture.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-31T09:41:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861622
  • Representing anxious parents in China: A study of Parenting Science
           magazine 1980–2016
    • Authors: Qian (Sarah) Gong
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article analyses the representation of parental practices in Parenting Science, the first and longest running parenting magazine published in China since 1980. Drawing on Foucault’s work on governmentality and biopolitics as well as their current development in cultural studies and sociology of health, this article critically investigates the cultural frames that surround parental practices relating to the health and development of young children. It explores how issues of medicalisation, intensive parenting, responsibility and self-management are represented in the magazine, ‘reflecting’ as well as ‘reinforcing’ dominant cultural ideas of parenting and childrearing in China. Based on a qualitative content analysis of 2295 items from 37 issues of the magazine (1980–2016), including editorials, feature stories, standard articles, Q&As, adverts and other short items, this article has identified three major frames of parental practices in monitoring and facilitating children’s health, development and wellbeing: (1) the medicalisation of children’s health problems, (2) the rise of expert authority and (3) the responsibilisation of parents. This article argues that these frames underpin the construction of an intensive and anxious parenting culture in China and serve as powerful tools of biopolitical control.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-29T05:10:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419856829
  • Pushing music: People’s continued will to archive versus Spotify’s
           will to make them explore
    • Authors: Marika Lüders 
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Music streaming services provide people with access to vast libraries of music, but also encourage certain patterns of consumption. In this article, I use Spotify as a case and investigate the action potentials for exploring and archiving music. The personal role of music implies we may expect the ‘will to archive’ to be prevalent even if these archives are not based on individual ownership. First, an analysis of Spotify suggests that the machine agency of Spotify pushes people towards exploring music, whereas archiving features are material and depend on human action. Spotify is hence skewed towards prompting users to explore rather than archive music. Next, an analysis of 23 focus-group interviews suggests that users value opportunities to explore music, yet their practices are equally directed towards archiving music. Theoretically, this article delineates how objects with machine agency are different from material objects in terms of affordances. The action potentials of material objects are symmetrically constituted by what the objects provide relative to an active being. The action potentials of objects with machine agency interfere with this symmetry: the machine is designed to act on behalf of the human being, making certain affordances more perceivable than others.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-29T05:10:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419862943
  • From the literary field to reality TV: The perils of downward celebrity
    • Authors: Mercè Oliva
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article explores ‘downward celebrity migration’, that is, when a celebrity enters a field that is less legitimate than their field of origin. It does so by studying the case of Lucía Etxebarria, a Spanish literary celebrity who participated in a celebrity reality TV show (Campamento de Verano (‘Summer Camp’)) in 2013. Using Bourdieu’s concepts of field and capital, this article analyses the ambiguous hierarchical position that Etxebarria occupied in the programme and how she was evaluated according to the specific rules of reality TV: authenticity, ordinariness, performance and submission to the programme’s authority. Etxebarria’s presence in the programme stirred up a heated debate about social, cultural and fame hierarchies, and she became the target of attacks that tried to undermine her symbolic capital through personal humiliation.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-29T05:09:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861633
  • The celebritization of self-care: The celebrity health narrative of Demi
           Lovato and the sickscape of mental illness

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Gaston Franssen
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Using the threatened yet ultimately reconfirmed celebrity status of pop singer and mental health advocate Demi Lovato as a case study, this article analyzes how celebrity health narratives reflect and produce a neoliberal ideology of individuality in the context of mental health care. It is argued that Lovato has successfully rebranded herself as the embodiment of achievement, self-improvement and confidence by embracing her diagnosis with bipolar disorder and other mental health struggles. Furthermore, the article demonstrates how her celebrity health narrative has been repackaged and reproduced by the merchandizing industry, providing general lifestyle advice about the value of ongoing self-improvement. This convergence between the ‘sickscape’ of mental illness and celebrity culture can be understood as a ‘celebritization of self-care’, which reproduces a hyper-individualized, neoliberal and distinctly gendered ideology of meritocracy, and presents all forms of achievement, including recovery from mental illness, as the result of competitive individualism.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-27T09:15:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861636
  • ‘Russell Brand’s a joke, right'’ Contrasting perceptions of
           Russell Brand’s legitimacy in grassroots and electoral politics
    • Authors: Ellen Watts
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Russell Brand’s interventions in the political field have taken multiple forms since he famously told Jeremy Paxman in October 2013 that he had never voted. The following year Brand joined the campaign to save the New Era estate in East London, seeking to ‘amplify’ the voices of residents by attracting positive mainstream media coverage and promoting their cause to his large social media audience. This audience, supposedly outside the ‘empty stadium’ of the mainstream campaign, was Labour leader Ed Miliband’s justification for being interviewed and endorsed by Brand during the 2015 election campaign. While the attention Brand received in both cases demonstrates his celebrity capital in the United Kingdom, he also faced contestation. Brand’s wealth complicated his claims to represent housing campaigners, while during the election his background as a working-class comedian conflicted with formal political norms. Using Saward’s theory of representative claims, this article explores how Brand made claims to represent citizens in each context and how these were evaluated. Brand’s negotiation of his status and the response he received in different political contexts is analysed drawing on fieldwork, Brand’s social media and YouTube content, and media coverage of his interventions. I argue that while Brand’s celebrity capital allowed him to work across the fields of entertainment and politics with ease, his status in the political field is dependent on successfully making claims to represent citizens.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-26T09:15:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861627
  • Designer notoriety: What the Lubitz case tells us about the accumulation
           of attention capital in celebrity culture
    • Authors: Chris Rojek
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article introduces the concept of designer notoriety to refer to calculated attempts to derail aspects of normative order so as to garner media attention. The objective is for otherwise unexceptional people to gain celebrity. The case of the alleged sabotage of Germanwings Airbus A320 Flight, by the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, in 2015, is used as a case study. Drawing on the methods of content analysis from various media sources and historical sociology, the article examines the media claim that Lubitz sought celebrity and planned the crash as a means to acquire media interest. Public receptivity to the notion of designer notoriety is investigated. It is related to three key concepts: ‘the demotic turn’, ‘mediatization’ and the ‘world historic event’. The application of each concept to designer notoriety is set out and justified. The article ends by expanding the Lubitz case to refer to other examples of designer notoriety.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-25T09:16:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861635
  • Book review: Celebrity status, fields and value
    • Authors: Hannah Hamad
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-24T03:35:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861705
  • Celebrity status and the attribution of value
    • Authors: Simon Stewart, David Giles
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      The concept of status is in the background of much research on celebrity but rarely made explicit, so in this collection of articles we seek to intervene by drawing attention to the usefulness of the concept in understanding the attribution of value in celebrity culture. We consider that celebrity status derives from an accumulation of social esteem or disparagement based on the countless evaluative judgements, positive or negative, that accumulate in media and wider public discourse. We conceptualize celebrity status as operating within and relating to the social fields that celebrities occupy and move between. Analysing status within the context of fields enables us to better account for how celebrity status is accrued and/or lost within particular social fields in accordance with field-specific criteria and in relation to wider shifting cultural, political and technological contexts. The articles in this special issue have in common an attentiveness to the evaluative criteria by which celebrities are judged as they move from field to field, and as their status undergoes a transformation – for better or worse – in the field they occupy. Ultimately, we argue that the status attributed to celebrities tells us much about how value is attributed, distributed and accumulated in contemporary society.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-22T05:46:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861618
  • ‘Essex girls’ in the comedy club: Stand-up, ridicule and
           ‘value struggles’
    • Authors: Adam Carter
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article presents findings from a qualitative study carried out on how audiences of stand-up comedy are entangled in ‘value struggles’. It focuses on a group who through classed and gendered ridicule are often drawn as valueless – women from Essex or ‘Essex girls’. The article explores how a group of women from Essex negotiate their value in the face of Essex girl–based ridicule, experienced while part of a live comedy audience in a London comedy club. The analysis reveals an ambivalence in how the group utilise and view their ‘Essex girl’ status, which challenges the view that this is a valueless identification. They oscillate between the joy of revelling in the Essex girl role and disidentification from the shame of this disreputable status. It concludes by highlighting how ridicule does not necessarily perform a disciplinary function and considers if the joy of ‘being Essex’ has any hope of escaping into everyday life.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-17T05:20:25Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861852
  • ‘Zoella hasn’t really written a book, she’s written a cheque’:
           Mainstream media representations of YouTube celebrities
    • Authors: Ruth A Deller, Kathryn Murphy
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      In this article, we present a thematic analysis of broadcast and print media representations of YouTube celebrity. Youth-oriented media have capitalised on the phenomenon, placing vloggers alongside actors and pop stars. However, in much adult-oriented mainstream media, YouTubers are presented as fraudulent, inauthentic, opportunist and talentless, making money from doing nothing. Key themes recur in coverage, including YouTubers’ presumed lack of talent and expertise, the alleged dangers they present and the argument that they are not ‘really famous’. YouTubers’ claims to fame are thus simultaneously legitimised by giving them coverage and delegitimised within said coverage, echoing media treatment of other ‘amateur’ celebrities such as reality stars and citizen journalists. We argue that the response to YouTubers in more traditional media outlets demonstrates recognition of their visibility and appeal to a younger audience, while also signifying apprehension towards a phenomenon that potentially threatens both the existence of traditional media forms, and the influence of traditional media professionals.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-17T05:14:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861638
  • Misogyny, solidarity and postfeminism on social media: The work of being
           Diana Shurygina, survivor-celebrity

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Sudha Rajagopalan
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      In a disclosure on Russian talk television in January 2017, 16-year-old Diana Shurygina shared with a national audience the traumatic details of her rape by Sergei Semenov. Using Shurygina’s performances on television and her subsequent participation on social media as a case study, this article analyses the emergence of empathic publics and the construction of celebrity at the intersection of digital media, popular misogyny and postfeminism in Russia. By setting up a vlog, support groups, fan and personal pages on VKontakte (a popular Russian social networking site), Shurygina is able to counter vicious pillorizing by creating a network of empathy and support. The celebrity that Shurygina sculpts in these spaces, however, is postfeminist in its emphasis on individual choice and self-esteem as strategies to overcome all societal ills, in its celebration of hyperfemininity and in its eschewal of radical politics. This article thus considers how digital platforms shape voice, public affect and solidarity on digital platforms but also how complicit that emergent voice is in the neoliberal ‘retraditionalisation’ of gender roles in post-Soviet Russia.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-04T06:44:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419856828
  • #MeToo, popular feminism and the news : A content analysis of UK newspaper

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Sara De Benedictis, Shani Orgad, Catherine Rottenberg
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article examines the first 6 months of #MeToo’s coverage in the UK press, revealing how newspapers played an important role in heightening the campaign’s visibility. Using content analysis, our study demonstrates that the press contributed to expanding and reinforcing #MeToo’s visibility in important ways. In terms of reach, the UK press has expanded the movement’s visibility beyond social media, addressing potentially new and different readerships. This attests to the pivotal role that news media continue to play in disseminating global issues and debates for a national audience. Second, in terms of content, while the news coverage developed and consolidated stories that were originally revealed on social media, it also publicized new stories. However, our study also highlights how the press’ role in enabling and expanding the visibility of #MeToo has been characterized by a number of crucial and, we argue, problematic factors. First, while #MeToo was covered positively in all newspapers, there was significant variation within newspapers, which was largely consistent with their traditional ideological alignments. Second, the #MeToo coverage seems to have followed and reinforced familiar patterns with respect to news coverage of both sexual violence and feminism, namely, support of feminism alongside a concurrent de-politicization, an individualizing tendency through a focus on celebrity and the cultural industries, and the centring of the experiences of celebrity female subjects who are predominately White and wealthy.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-02T10:47:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419856831
  • ‘How the hell did this get on tv'’: Naked dating shows as the
           final taboo on mainstream TV
    • Authors: Angela Smith
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      There is a long history of dating shows on TV, most famously in the United Kingdom in the form of the long-running ITV show Blind Date, which ran from 1985 until 2003; its re-boot has returned to ITV1. The game-show format continues in shows such as Take Me Out (also ITV1) and Dinner Date (More 4). Elsewhere, the make-over shows that dominated the schedule in the late 1990s and first decade of the century morphed into relationship/dating shows, such as Gok’s Fashion Fix (Channel 4) and Snog, Marry, Avoid (BBC3). However, another relationship/make-over show, How to Look Good Naked (2006–2012, Channel 4) seems to have heralded a further development of this. While How to Look Good Naked never showed full frontal nudity, with participants always expressing the empowering nature of their ‘naked picture’ finale, in recent years there has been a further development of the nakedness theme across several dating shows that have a game-show format. The one that has caused most comment is Channel 4’s Naked Attraction, with The Guardian commenting that ‘the bottom of the barrel has been reached’. With full nudity, lingering close-ups and graphic descriptions, this show drove many viewers to Twitter to express dismay that this show has made it to mainstream TV, and led to The Guardian referring to this show as being symptomatic of dystopian TV since 2016. This article will explore how the shock of graphic nudity is ameliorated by the linguistic strategies of positive politeness with which all participants seem to collude and engage. Such amelioration would appear to be a defence against accusations of voyeuristic and pornographic content on mainstream TV.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-06-13T08:59:18Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419847107
  • Sharing songs on Hirakata Square: On playlists and place attachment in
           contemporary music listening

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Leonieke Bolderman, Stijn Reijnders
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-05-30T10:43:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419847110
  • Embodied minstrelsy, racialization and redemption in reggae
    • Authors: Jo Haynes
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-05-24T05:36:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419847111
  • Conviviality and parallax in David Olusoga’s Black and British: A
           Forgotten History
    • Authors: Jack Black
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-05-16T02:10:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419844451
  • In and out of control: Portraying older women in contemporary Finnish
           comedy films
    • Authors: Hanna Varjakoski
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-05-14T11:09:37Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419839881
  • Exploiting the distance between conflicting norms: Female rural-to-urban
           migrant workers in Shanghai negotiating stigma around singlehood and

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Penn Tsz Ting Ip, Esther Peeren
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-05-10T08:28:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419847108
  • Investigating politics through artistic practices: Affect resonance of
           creative publics
    • Authors: Tara Mahoney, Frédérik Lesage, Peter Zuurbier
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-05-06T08:26:44Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419839877
  • Mum’s the word: Public testimonials and gendered experiences of
           negotiating caring responsibilities with work in the film and television
    • Authors: Susan Berridge
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-05-02T12:23:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419839876
  • Book review: Anne M Cronin, Public Relations Capitalism: Promotional
           Culture, Publics and Commercial Democracy
    • Authors: Lee Edwards
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-04-26T07:26:11Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419839871
  • Social cohesion, Twitter and far-right politics in Australia: Diversity in
           the democratic mediasphere
    • Authors: Jeffrey Lewis, Philip Pond, Robin Cameron, Belinda Lewis
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-04-08T12:17:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419833035
  • How to start a human rights film festival: Expertise, training and
           collective media activism
    • Authors: Ryan Bowles Eagle
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-04-08T12:16:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549418821842
  • Friendship and the social self in business success literature
    • Authors: Peter Mallory, Jesse Carlson, Laura Eramian
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-03-15T12:14:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549418824048
  • ‘The show of the people’ against the cultural elites: Populism, media
           and popular culture in Turkey
    • Authors: Burak Özçetin
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-03-11T10:17:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549418821841
  • ‘Steve is twice the Aussie icon you will ever be’: Germaine Greer, the
           Crocodile Hunter’s death, and nationalistic misogyny
    • Authors: Anthea Taylor
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-03-11T10:16:46Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549418821840
  • Decentring the vernacular web: Meaning, affect and power in networked
    • Authors: Artur Szarecki
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-03-08T02:19:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549418824051
  • Remaking identities and stereotypes: How film remakes transform and
           reinforce nationality, disability, and gender
    • Authors: Eduard Cuelenaere, Gertjan Willems, Stijn Joye
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-02-20T05:16:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549418821850
  • Distinctively queer in the Parish: Performances of distinction and LGBTQ+
           representations in Flemish prestige television fiction
    • Authors: Florian Vanlee, Sofie Van Bauwel, Frederik Dhaenens
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-02-15T06:57:31Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549418821844
  • Clouded judgments' Aesthetics, morality and everyday life in early
           21st century culture

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Giselinde Kuipers, Thomas Franssen, Sylvia Holla
      First page: 383
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This special issue investigates the relationship between aesthetics and morality. How do the good and the beautiful, the bad and the ugly, happen in everyday life' How do these ‘orders of worth’ interact' Do they reinforce each other' What happens when they contradict one another' Does one order typically trump the other' Five contributions, from Israel, Italy and the Netherlands, scrutinize different sites where both aesthetics – the continuum of evaluations from beautiful to ugly – and morality – evaluations about good and evil, right and wrong – have a strong presence. The contributions zoom in on everyday cultural consumption, where people create, seek out and discuss ‘good’ food, clothing, films and architecture, and professional situations where people look for ‘good’ jobs, want to work in ‘good’ work spaces and aim to be a ‘good’ worker. Integrating insights from cultural studies, sociology, valuation studies and science and technology studies, this special issue shows, first, how judgments of aesthetic and moral value are central to the fabric of social life – from the smallest level of everyday interactions to the large scale of economic relations and power im/balances. Second, these valuations often clash, blend and blur. This blurring and blending enables the drawing of social boundaries, the consolidation of identities and the shaping of selves. But it also allows for seduction, manipulation and obfuscation of power dynamics. Third, the contributions show that in contemporary post-Fordist, meritocratic consumer societies, beauty and morality are increasingly entangled with economic and political logics, leading to new social struggles and new forms of alienation and exploitation.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-29T09:26:17Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861634
  • ‘Everything is designed to make an impression’: The moralisation of
           aesthetic judgement and the hedonistic ethic of authenticity
    • Authors: Ori Schwarz
      First page: 399
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Viewing both ethics and aesthetics as reflections of the social, cultural sociologists fail to thoroughly account for the complex interrelations between these realms. This article explores this relationship through a study of ‘farterism’, a discursive category that emerged in Israel during the 1990s and is used to denounce vain pretence. Not only do aesthetic surfaces operate as emotionally-laden shortcuts to deeper layers of ethical meaning, the very act of aesthetic judgement is moralized, subjected to normative regulation. The article analyses the use of ‘farterism’ in the lay evaluation of architecture, restaurants and films, while reconstructing its implied ethic of aesthetic, ‘the hedonistic ethic of authenticity’. I discuss this ethic’s philosophical-cultural roots (including the performative contribution of critical social science) and the continuities between its application in cultural evaluation and in wider moral contexts. The pattern that emerges in the data relies on the Emperor’s New Clothes tale: uncovering the hidden influence of the social on the aesthetic is at the centre of the normative regulation of aesthetic judgement. This allows laypersons to challenge cultural hierarchies shaped by cultural fields, experts and markets, and denounce them as corrupted by the social.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-26T09:16:18Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861629
  • Struggling with distinction: How and why people switch between cultural
           hierarchy and equality

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Marcel van den Haak, Nico Wilterdink
      First page: 416
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      In research on cultural taste and distinction, inconsistent and ambivalent attitudes towards hierarchy versus equality have largely been ignored. This study shows, by means of in-depth interviews with 90 Dutch people on their own and others’ cultural tastes, that both a hierarchical and an egalitarian repertoire appear in people’s narratives, and that these repertoires are often used simultaneously. People still distinguish culturally from others, but not consistently and often reluctantly, as they morally object to high–low distinctions based on aesthetic evaluations at the same time. This article analyses both repertoires and explores when and how tensions between the two come forward. We interpret these tensions on the micro level of self-presentation and habitus, and on the macro level of changing structures of inequality and meritocratic ideas.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-24T03:36:10Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861632
  • The making of authentic tortellini: Aestheticization of artisanal labor
           and elite univorism in the case of local food
    • Authors: Elisa A.G. Arfini
      First page: 433
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      In this article, I will look at two distinct Bolognese practices within the tortellini commodity circuit as a case in the cultural production of traditional local food. The article is based on ethnographic observation of laboratories in the city of Bologna, interviews with ‘sfogline’ [skilled workers] and with the ‘Dotta Confraternita del Tortellino’, a local association of amateurs responsible for the filing of the traditional recipe in 1974. By analyzing two practices of valorization of one product, I will point out two different simultaneous enactments of aesthetic and moral values. Two contrasting aesthetic framings – the artisanal craftsmanship of skilled workers (sfogline) and the exclusive practices of elite gourmand (Confraternita) – revolve around tortellini. They will allow us to address two main theoretical issues: the construction of elite consumption practices based on aesthetics and the orchestration of aesthetics and moralities at different stages of the social life of a traditional food product.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-27T09:15:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861637
  • Who can wear flip-flops to work' Ethnographic vignettes on aesthetic
           labour in precarity

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Marguerite van den Berg, Josien Arts
      First page: 452
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      A central aspect of post-Fordist labour, many claim, is that the personal and the professional are increasingly intertwined. Especially in precarious urban sectors such as the interactive services, the aesthetic presentation of self is part of the product or service offered. Indeed, the separation between consumption and production, between private and work is no longer so strict for many, especially, in terms of aesthetics. Steering clear from sweeping statements about post-Fordism, however, this article offers an empirical examination based on ethnographic vignettes of one particular object that, perhaps surprisingly, appears in self-presentations for labour: the Adidas flip-flop. The Adidas flip-flop became salient in two studies in the Netherlands, in particular, one on the implementation of the Participation Act, which organizes welfare since 2015 and stipulates that it is forbidden for welfare recipients to ‘obstruct employment by dress or personal hygiene’. Case managers in Dutch welfare offices, it turned out, often cited the Adidas flip-flop as the ultimate example of an object that would obstruct employment and by consequence is cause for a welfare penalty. At the same time, the Adidas flip-flop is the preferred footwear of tech entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, a surprising fashion item on runways and the highly valued item of Mario, a respondent in one of the ethnographic vignettes. Across several locations, therefore, we ask what aesthetic and moral interpretations of the Adidas flip-flop are offered, by whom and in what context. This allows for (1) an innovative view of aesthetics for labour, (2) an assessment of what that tells us about post-Fordist labour markets and (3) an understanding of how post-Fordist aesthetic norms can be especially opaque though important for those in precarious positions.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-22T05:44:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861621
  • At home in the workplace: The value of materiality for immaterial labor in

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

    • Authors: Simone van Dijk
      First page: 468
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      In the post-Fordist economy, labor processes are increasingly organized around the valuation of immaterial labor. Even though it has been argued that immaterial labor is becoming less dependent on material space, this article addresses the question how the material organization of immaterial labor creates value in work and shows that immaterial labor is not without a materiality. In fact, new, networked labor socialities are strongly materialized in space. Ethnographic material collected in a coworking space in Amsterdam shows how membership of this space brings professional value to its members by providing them with a network and status. This professional value-creation finds its expression in the creation of a very domestic materiality and familial sociality. In order to benefit from the value of this space, members are required to contribute to this intimate lifestyle and thereby perform ‘immaterial labor’, which in turn adds value to the space itself. The material space in which work is performed thus becomes valuable through its immaterial attributes. However, this value is not accessible to all: the extreme inward domesticity and inclusivity turns into an outward exclusivity.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-22T05:45:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861628
  • Capitalization: A Cultural Guide
    • Authors: Thomas Franssen
      First page: 484
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-18T05:07:31Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861620
  • Book review: Ana Sofia Elias, Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff (eds),
           Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism
    • Authors: Tineke Rooijakkers, Sylvia Holla
      First page: 487
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2019-07-10T06:16:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419861631
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
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