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European Journal of Cultural Studies
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ISSN (Print) 1367-5494 - ISSN (Online) 1460-3551
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  • Toxic White masculinity, post-truth politics and the COVID-19 infodemic
    • Authors: Jayson Harsin
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article demonstrates and critiques the coronavirus’ cultural agency, which thanks to this human assistance, worked in synergy with its biological form. Looking at the virus as an ‘infodemic’ and a set of transnational political events, it argues that a conjuncturally specific form of toxic, especially white, masculinity is key to understanding the virus’s entwinement with contemporary post-truth or ‘emo-truth’ politics. A conjunctural focus reveals why a certain form of aggressive (masculine and white), ruggedly individualist truth-telling, its false statements, its historical causes, and mortal effects could become so spectacularly impactful at a particular point in time, in particular places.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-08-08T10:40:03Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420944934
       
  • Live-archiving the crisis: Instagram, cultural studies and times of
           collapse
    • Authors: Annelot Prins
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      As COVID-19 hit the world, social media formed an immediate online archive of the crisis that enfolded. This essay examines how this moment of collapse intersects with Instagram as a platform specifically. How do we exist on a platform built up around notions of aspiration and happiness while being in crisis' And what can cultural studies scholars add to such a platform in these times'
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-08-07T05:13:27Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420944519
       
  • Future tense: Scandalous thinking during the conjunctural crisis
    • Authors: Alison Hearn, Sarah Banet-Weiser
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This brief essay considers the impact of the current conjunctural crisis on ideas about, and access to the ‘future’. It explores ways in which cultural critics and scholars might learn to think ‘scandalously’ in order to imagine and build a more equitable and humane world.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-08-07T05:12:57Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420946412
       
  • ‘If the rise of the TikTok dance and e-girl aesthetic has taught us
           anything, it’s that teenage girls rule the internet right now’: TikTok
           celebrity, girls and the Coronavirus crisis
    • Authors: Melanie Kennedy
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      During the global lockdowns brought about by the Coronavirus crisis, TikTok saw a phenomenal rise in users and cultural visibility. This short essay argues that the media attention paid to TikTok during this time can be read as a celebration of girlhood in the face of the pandemic, and can be seen to contribute to the transformation of girls’ ‘bedroom culture’ (McRobbie and Garber, 2006) from a space previously conceptualised as private and safe from judgement, to one of public visibility, surveillance and evaluation. Focusing on Charli D’Amelio, this essay argues that the increasing visibility of TikTok and rising celebrity of D’Amelio during the Coronavirus crisis continues and intensifies the longer history of young female celebrity culture, and obscures the dangers and impacts faced by girls around the world who are situated outside of the ideals embodied in TikTok stars like D’Amelio.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-08-01T06:39:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420945341
       
  • Book review: Safiya Umoja Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search
           Engines Reinforce Racism
    • Authors: Alison Harvey
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-07-29T06:53:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420945337
       
  • From peat to Google power: Communications infrastructures and structures
           of feeling in Groningen
    • Authors: Vicki Mayer
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article further develops Raymond Williams’ concept of structures of feeling as plural, competing and sometimes antagonistic. This theoretical work is done through capturing the dual structures of feeling surrounding the development of a Google data center in the Groningen region from 2015 to the present. To understand how people understood this industrial development, the article traces both a regional and an urban structure of feeling back more than 400 years through the histories of other infrastructures in the Northern Netherlands. Conflicts around the meaning of the Google data center thus can be better understood as extensions of longer communications infrastructural histories and their embedded social tensions.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-07-23T04:56:12Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420935898
       
  • Public service broadcasting and the emergence of LGBT+ visibility: A
           comparative perspective on Ireland and Flanders
    • Authors: Páraic Kerrigan, Florian Vanlee
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Public Service Broadcasting in Europe and its centrality to cultural diversity has been established in relation to race, multiculturalism and gender, but LGBT+ sexual identity remains relatively absent from research. This article aims to address this gap by fostering a historical approach to examine the ways in which LGBT+ identities emerged on Public Service Broadcasting within Western Europe, specifically in Ireland and Flanders during the 1950s–1990s. Through a small-scale comparative case study analysis between these two regions, this article contends that the emergence of LGBT+ visibility is intrinsically linked to Public Service Broadcasting in both landscapes. Specifically, the article argues that this emergence shares two distinct structural qualities in the emergence of this LGBT+ visibility. First, the comparison points to the ways in which Public Service Broadcasting production cultures incorporated external expertise regarding LGBT+ diversity, presenting itself as a practical operationalisation of the social responsibility of publicly funded media in both regions. Second, later parallels in the introduction of LGBT+ characters to television fiction series illustrate how Public Service Broadcasting responded to various forms of competition from international and commercial broadcasters, engendering particular implications for the visibility of same-sex desire. While contributing to historical treatments of LGBT+ visibility familiar within Queer Media Studies, this article goes against the Anglo-American dominance of the field by examining more local contexts outside the US/UK centric paradigm, diversifying the contexts in which Queer Media Studies research takes place.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-07-15T10:00:15Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420935893
       
  • Re-enchanting the crisis: Reflections on rurality, futurity and COVID-19
           in the United Kingdom
    • Authors: Jilly Boyce Kay
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-07-10T12:54:02Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420938070
       
  • Ambivalent aspirations: Young women negotiating postfeminist subjectivity
           in media work
    • Authors: Emma Lamberg
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article contributes to the critical literature on postfeminist articulations of young women as ideal subjects of aspiration and meritocracy by focussing on young women’s lived experiences and ways of navigating the contradictory effects of these articulations. Drawing on ethnographic research on the creative and cultural industries in Finland, the article examines how women aspiring to careers in the media field negotiate postfeminist and neoliberal enticements to inhabit the position of an aspirational subject. The findings indicate that young women’s responses to these enticements are more complex than is often assumed in theories emphasising the regulatory power of neoliberal and postfeminist cultural scripts. It is argued that young women recognise the ideological invitations of postfeminist ‘aspiration scripts’, but they respond to these interpellations in ways imbued with ambivalence and simultaneously characterised by compliance and criticism.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-07-10T12:52:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420935896
       
  • Home-grown fiction programmes in the late-Franco period and the first
           transition: Shaping a democratic culture (1970–1976)
    • Authors: Mar Chicharro-Merayo, Fátima Gil Gascón
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This work reviews the role of Spanish-produced fiction in the shaping of a democratic culture in Spain. To this end, it studies in-depth a selection of domestic fiction programmes aired in the years leading up to the death of the dictator General Franco and the outset of the transition to democracy (1970–1976). Spanish television professionals during this period used fictional accounts to initiate themselves in a type of production that had scarcely had a presence in its rudimentary audio-visual market. But they also used fiction to bypass censorship and broadcast messages aimed at promoting a democratic culture. This research analyses the content and formal characteristics of 11 fiction series produced by Televisión Española that, besides being hugely popular, stood out for the ideological richness of their messages. These programmes proved to be important cultural pieces in laying the groundwork for the transition to democracy by acting as channels to instil values of freedom, consumption or gender equality and criticism of the Franco regime. This analysis concludes by showing how in 1976, the fledgling stages of the transition saw the advent of formally democratic programming that, however, had been fuelled, among others, by contents aired in previous years.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-07-08T11:05:20Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420935894
       
  • Book review: Sarah Banet-Weiser, Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular
           Misogyny
    • Authors: Angela Towers
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-07-07T09:21:13Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420938395
       
  • Pandemic and its metaphors: Sontag revisited in the COVID-19 era
    • Authors: David Craig
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      As the COVID-19 crisis spreads around the globe, the rhetoric about the pandemic evoked by journalists and politicians harks back to that of prior diseases and epidemics. This short article updates the framework of AIDS metaphors developed by critical theorist Susan Sontag to the COVID-19 era. Alongside the damage wrought by the virus itself, these discourses can inflict greater, even lethal damage, while thrusting into relief ongoing critical concerns around socio-cultural power, injustice, and inequality.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-07-07T09:20:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420938403
       
  • Being positive, being hopeful, being happy: Young adults reflecting on
           their future in times of austerity
    • Authors: Minna Nikunen, Päivi Korvajärvi
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      The aim of this article is to analyse the ways in which young adults reflect on their futures. We are particularly interested in how they expect to organize their lives in conditions that seem to offer pessimistic rather than hopeful prospects. How does this happen under social conditions where the major public and individual concerns are with how young adults organize their material lives and how they earn sufficient livelihoods to become good citizens' What are the grounds for their future visions' In our analysis we use 40 interviews with young Finnish adults aged between 18 and 30. The respondents are students, as well as employed and unemployed young adults. Our findings show that the young adults’ anticipated future experiences – contrary to common expectations – are positive. These conclusions are often drawn from social comparisons, especially with imagined peers. Those who saw their own and their peers’ future as depending more on luck focused on societal insecurity. One group that had positive expectations emphasized happiness. Instead of seeking material success, many of the young adults reported that their goal was to be happy in their future lives. Happiness appears to involve both living according to, and coping with, the demands of the economy and employment.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-07-06T10:55:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420935901
       
  • Geeks vs grandees: A transnational comparison of dress codes in American
           and British federal technology agencies
    • Authors: Stephanie Schulte
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This comparative transnational history informed by discourse analysis examines the US and UK news coverage of two new ‘federal startups’ created in the early 2010s: The United States Digital Service and Government Digital Service. These agencies were designed to renovate federal infrastructures and institutions by integrating technologies and technologists into the federal government. Early coverage of these agencies in both countries focused on the integration of casual dress norms common in technology industries into federal offices dominated by suits. In the United States, those norms were embraced, often with amusement. But in the United Kingdom, they were met with hostility. This article explains why dress code was a focus in both countries and why it was covered differently in each. Ultimately, this study argues workplace attire is emblematic of the differing ways in which industry and government partnerships function in these countries. Dress code norm differences offer a window into how nationally specific cultural values remained about technology and government in each country. Ultimately, these findings suggest the extent to which values prioritized by technology industries became those prioritized by the US government, and the extent to which the United Kingdom retained separation between those arenas.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-07-06T10:54:01Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420935889
       
  • Book review: Bonnie Ruberg, Video Games Have Always Been Queer
    • Authors: Andrew Roe
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-07-02T06:11:23Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420935902
       
  • Book review: Jörg Dürrschmidt and York Kautt (eds), Globalized Eating
           Cultures: Mediation and Mediatization
    • Authors: André Jansson
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-06-27T08:40:46Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420935890
       
  • Book review: Class, Control and Classical Music
    • Authors: Mark Banks
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-06-26T01:11:59Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420929716
       
  • ‘We’re all in this together’: Commodified notions of connection,
           care and community in brand responses to COVID-19
    • Authors: Francesca Sobande
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      The current COVID-19 (coronavirus) global pandemic has resulted in a wave of advertising and marketing approaches that are based on commodified concepts of human connection, care and community in a time of crisis. At the core of many brands’ marketing messages – whether these be supermarket advertising campaigns or celebrity self-branding – is the notion that ‘we’re all in this together’. While it is true that the impact of COVID-19 has affected the lives of many people around the world, not everyone is experiencing this crisis the same way, due to structural inequalities and intersecting oppressions. What is the relationship between COVID-19, capitalism and consumer culture' Who is the ‘we’ in the messages of ‘we’re all in this together’, and how might such messages mask distinct socio-economic disparities and enable institutions to evade accountability' This article examines sub-textual meanings connected to brand responses to COVID-19 in the UK context which rely on an amorphous imagined ‘we’ – and which ultimately may aid brands’ pursuit of productivity and profit, rather than symbolising support of and concern for people.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-06-23T06:20:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420932294
       
  • Puangchon Unchanam, Royal Capitalism: Wealth, Class and Monarchy in
           Thailand
    • Authors: Clancy Laura
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-06-18T06:44:56Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420928357
       
  • ‘Glow from the inside out’: Deliciously Ella and the politics of
           ‘healthy eating’
    • Authors: Rachel O’Neill
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article examines the branded persona of Ella Mills, founder of the multi-platform, multi-product and multi-million pound food brand Deliciously Ella. It begins from the premise that Mills represents a new kind of cultural intermediary: that of the wellness entrepreneur. Through a discourse analysis of Mills’ own media productions alongside news and magazine features about the entrepreneur, I consider how ‘healthy eating’ is being sold to young women as a means to realise physical and financial empowerment. Commercial entrepreneurship is made to function in tandem with health entrepreneurship, as Mills makes it her business to model a healthy lifestyle and enjoins others to follow this example. The article further examines how the Deliciously Ella narrative perpetuates already dominant understandings of health as a private good and personal responsibility through its emphasis on healing and recovery through food. Relating this analysis to recent debates about the shifting terrain of postfeminism in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, I argue that the spotlighting of Mills elevates self-care as a gendered imperative while obfuscating the classed and racialised privileges that attend this.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-06-11T10:31:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420921868
       
  • Review Essay
    • Authors: Lena Scheen
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-06-11T10:31:34Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420924683
       
  • Barefaced: Ageing women stars, ‘no make-up’ photography and authentic
           selfhood in the 2017 Pirelli calendar
    • Authors: Deborah Jermyn
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Celebrity culture has long been driven to seek out and appraise signifiers of authenticity. For women celebrities, a willingness to share photographs of themselves make-up free has become a hazy but provocative marker of a certain ‘barefaced’ daring, in which they (seemingly) come closer to imparting their ‘real self’. In practice, these images are still heavily mediated, often contested and have become part of the celebrity machine itself; indeed, I argue here that, for all the staging of candour and spontaneity they can enact, they are increasingly even an expected component of women’s celebrity performance. What happens to women’s star status or signification, then, when they forego the comfortingly illusionary and perfecting properties of cosmetics for ‘make-up free’ photography' And how are the stakes entailed in such photography more challengingly laden, more hazardous, but also more potentially gratifying, for ageing women stars' This analysis looks most particularly at the widely debated 2017 Pirelli calendar as a pre-eminent example of the contentious cultural currency of such star-imagery, photographed ‘make-up free’ by Peter Lindbergh and featuring mature woman actors, including Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman and Robin Wright. Constructing a brief critical timeline of the escalation of the make-up free movement across popular culture and social media in recent years, incorporating extant research drawn from disciplines including cultural and celebrity studies and cultural gerontology, undertaking textual analysis of the 2017 calendar and critical discourse analysis of its promotion and media reception, the work brings interdisciplinary approaches together with a breadth of allied cultural artefacts. Interrogating how ageing women stars may effectively marshal make-up free photography to signal their growing gravitas, I forge new insights into both the polemical meanings of the repudiation of make-up in contemporary visual culture and the import of make-up for conceptualising the nexus of ageing, gender and stardom.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-06-01T08:27:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420919891
       
  • The everyday skills that get us by: Non-representational theories for a
           linealogy of quotidian cultures
    • Authors: Shaun Moores
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      In this article, I have three key aims. Firstly, I want to offer a particular definition and a bold defence of ‘non-representational theories’, indicating the importance of their anti-rationalist and anti-structuralist tendencies, and also pointing to their positive assertion of the primacy of practices or movement. Although a non-representational theoretical approach is closely associated today with contemporary geographic thought, I make a case here for an understanding of non-representational theories as a far broader cross-disciplinary project. Secondly, in the light of non-representational theories, I will be revisiting an old debate between culturalists and structuralists on matters of experience and representation. I consider, in a spirit of re-evaluation, Stuart Hall’s now classic essay on two paradigms in the development of cultural studies, as well as a selection of related interventions made by Hall. Thirdly, I will look to potential future directions for empirical research that is informed by a non-representational theoretical approach, in an area which I call ‘quotidian cultural studies’. My recommendations are for work that might explore, for example, acquired habits or ways of the hand in the uses of new media technologies (among other skills of tool use), and paths that are trodden along the ground on foot and through narrative or other media settings. A critical appropriation of Tim Ingold’s writings in anthropology leads me to describe such work as ‘linealogical’ investigations of everyday life.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-06-01T08:25:31Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420919866
       
  • The neoliberal workings of The Family Meal campaign: Unfortunate others,
           European citizens, and the branding of the EU
    • Authors: Wouter Oomen, Emiel Martens, Anna Piccoli
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Due to increased privatization of development assistance, humanitarian communication is usually considered to be the domain of non-governmental organizations. However, (inter)governmental and (supra)national institutions still play an important role in development assistance. Notably, the European Union has become a leading development actor globally – and also actively brands itself as such. In this process of branding, the European Union not only celebrates its empathic recognition of vulnerable non-European Others, but also aims to promote a sense of European citizenship. In this article, we examine this process in the context of The Family Meal, a 2014 awareness campaign on food assistance led by the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department of the European Commission. We argue that the campaign reflects both the logic of neoliberal humanitarianism and the quest for European citizenship. To develop our argument, we will assess The Family Meal in three steps. First, we discuss how the campaign mimicked post-humanitarian tendencies in non-governmental campaigns aimed at raising funds. Second, we demonstrate how The Family Meal not only reported on (helping) non-European Others, but also, and importantly, promoted a sense of European belonging. Finally, we introduce the concept of successional campaigns – that is, campaigns that follow up on the action taken rather than preceding it – to show that The Family Meal largely appeared as the result of the neoliberal trend toward administering accountability and branding organizations. Altogether, we consider the campaign, with the neoliberal branding of the European Union and its citizens at its center, as emblematic for humanitarian communication within the rise of New Public Management in the 21st century.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-06-01T07:10:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420919851
       
  • Transnational representation of a gendered recession in corporate dramas
    • Authors: Elena Oliete-Aldea
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      The cinematic depiction of the financial crisis has centred on the explanation of the causes and consequences of the global recessionary scenario in which gender acquires special relevance. My aim in this article is to carry out a hitherto unaddressed transnational analysis of corporate dramas. More specifically, I elicit the commonalities as well as local specificities that different Western cinematographies show when tackling gendered recessionary discourses on ‘mancession’ and ‘austerity’. Films such as The Last Days of Lehman Brothers (Samuels, 2009, BBC), Money Never Sleeps (Stone, 2010), The Company Men (J. Wells, 2010) and The Big Short (McKay, 2015) have, on the one hand, aligned with nostalgic and retro-sexist discourses by focusing on male suffering to confront the recession while relegating female characters as emotional companions of the male hero. On the other hand, the representation of female characters in these films has also put to the test the inconsistencies of neoliberal discourses when analysed from the perspective of genre. To illustrate the transnational dimension of the ‘narrated’ impact of the ‘Global Financial Crisis’ in different scenarios, I compare a US Wall Street film and a Spanish corporate drama of the Great Recession: Margin Call (J Chandor, 2011, USA) and The Tip of the Iceberg (La punta del iceberg, D Cánovas, 2016, Spain).
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-28T06:36:32Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420919860
       
  • Recurring ideas: Searching for the roots of right-wing populism in Eastern
           Europe
    • Authors: Dorota Szelewa
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      The main sets of ideas that dominated discourses on market-making and democratization in Eastern Europe during the 1990s concerned: first, the superiority of market-led mechanisms of exchange and distribution with individual responsibility and entrepreneurship; and second, the conservative gender order, with women disappearing from the public domain, now being responsible for domestic sphere and the biological reproduction of the nation. Suppressed when these countries were on the path for joining the European Union, the ideas have been now recurring in a new form, representing the basis for the right-wing populist turn in several of the post-communist countries.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-28T06:35:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420921400
       
  • Mapping HIV-related figures of risk in Europe’s blood donation
           regime
    • Authors: Agata Dziuban, Todd Sekuler
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Grasping blood donation as contested grounds for enacting notions of belonging, responsibility and citizenship, this article analyses the role of donor deferral policies in the emergence of a European blood donation regime. We demonstrate how shifts in the moral economy of blood donation that followed from the outbreak of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic led to the prioritisation of donor deferral policies in efforts to enhance blood safety across Europe. We propose the notion ‘figures of risk’ – condensed figurations of those understood to pose risks of HIV infection to themselves and to others – to describe the categories of persons implicated in changing European donor restriction policies. We explore how the Council of Europe’s annually revised Guide to the preparation, use and quality assurance of blood components, first published in 1992, came to legitimise and sustain increasingly contested deferral practices, which have produced shifting groups of persons as European ‘figures of risk’. Qualitative analyses of the Guide’s 19 editions reveal 3 dimensions through which these figures have become increasingly stabilised over time: in terms of their ontology, temporality and risk-related exceptionality. We conclude by asking how collectivising figurations of donors, framed through literature on ‘profiling’, shape notions of European citizenship.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-23T12:35:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420919864
       
  • Invented religions and the conceptualization of religion in a highly
           secular society: The Jedi religion and the Church of Beer in the Czech
           context
    • Authors: Dušan Lužný
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This study illustrates the need to develop efforts that define scientific terms, namely, ‘religion’. Despite the fact that such efforts may seem to be practically unattainable, current phenomena testify to the need to continually improve standardized scholarly terminology (such as Invented Religion, Parody Religion). Using specific material (of new religious phenomena in the Czech Republic, specifically the Jedi religion and the Church of Beer), the study identifies several key ambiguities stemming from the cultural and social context in which both contemporary new religions and academic study of religions coexist. The study concludes that in a highly secular society, where the continuity of religious memory is disrupted (as in the Czech Republic), the academic study of religions plays an important role, functioning as an authority for the decision-making of state institutions.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-23T12:33:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420919876
       
  • Is it ‘the economy, stupid’' Economic relations and cultural
           studies: Some reflections on Jim McGuigan’s Cultural Populism
    • Authors: Garry Whannel
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article argues that in the development of media studies and cultural studies, a gap opened between textual analysis and political economy that became a damaging schism. The roots of the schism between the economic and the cultural lie in the growing influence of French structuralism, and post-structuralism from the late 1960s onwards. Jim McGuigan’s book, Cultural Populism, appeared at a time when socialist politics, political analysis and cultural theory were, both together and separately, in a degree of flux, self-reflection and loss of direction. This article outlines the nature of the split between emphasis on the cultural and the economic, the ways in which it continues to mark the field and the importance of continuing to try and hold the two together in the analytic frame. Methodologically, this article involves analysis of Cultural Populism and utilises document and archive searching, interviews, syllabus analysis and personal communication.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-22T04:43:03Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420921409
       
  • Rethinking alternative youth identities in Izmir: ‘Indifferently
           cool’ manifestations
    • Authors: Ture Sahin
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article discusses the self-identification and meaning-making processes of ‘alternative’ youth in Izmir, Turkey, by focusing on their own narratives and the microcosmos of their everyday life practices. The research argues that while alternative young individuals benefit from the global subcultural scene, particularly hipster subculture, they also create complex signifiers within their cultural environments to emphasise both individual subjectivities and shared ‘alternative’ group identities. The article claims that subcultures, with their styles, images and music that are consumed in imaginative ways, become productive and creative spheres of cultural production that are constantly at interplay with broader cultural forms in a given society. Hence, opening up a debate on youth subcultures has the potential to give salient clues about the transformations of society at large and its cultural values and beliefs. In this sense, the study formulates subcultures as offshoots – even forms of resistance – both drawing on and feeding mainstream cultural forms. The study is based on field research conducted among alternative youth in Izmir, Turkey – through participant observation, semi-structured interviews with youth groups and in-depth interviews with the owners and workers of the places where ‘alternative’ youth hang out. Since contemporary youth cultures in Turkey are a highly under-researched area, this article aims at mapping out a general framework towards a better understanding of the everyday practices and meaning worlds of alternative young people. It is hoped that this, in turn, will serve to pave the way for further research on youth subcultures in Turkey.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-19T06:24:20Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420919873
       
  • Mood work and political spaces: A consideration of the relationship
           between affect and political collectivity in grassroots urban activism
    • Authors: Jacob Mukherjee
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This essay, based on a ‘militant ethnography’ of the small radical grassroots activist group Our London,1 outlines the importance of mood in developing political collectivity in oppositional politics. Applying Gilbert’s notion of affect as key to sociality, Highmore’s discussion of mood and mood work and Dean’s concept of affective infrastructure, I develop an account of Our London’s activities, and in particular its organisation of public events, that argues for the production of mood in political spaces as key to mobilising political collectivity. The significance of this work is in showing how oppositional political practices, as opposed to mere rhetoric or discourse, can develop forms of political collectivity and action; this is also a study of how forms of class politics can be performed and practised despite the difficulty of articulating such politics discursively – or even conceptualising society in class terms – in the context of a fragmented, neoliberal, post-Fordist city like London.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-19T06:22:20Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420919892
       
  • Neoliberal postfeminism, or some other, sexier thing: Gender and populism
           in the Spanish context
    • Authors: Laura Martínez-Jiménez
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      The project of developing a contemporary critical populism requires us to discriminate between uncritical populisms that ultimately reinforce unequal social relations and popular discourses capable of generating counter-hegemonic projects. In the field of popular feminisms, this means discriminating between the pseudo-feminist discourses that saturate popular culture and the feminisms that are radically committed to social justice. From this point of view, what has been called neoliberal feminism or postfeminism are clear examples of how culturally populist feminisms can be developed in decidedly uncritical ways. As a new populist narrative, neoliberal postfeminism has gobbled up feminism to regurgitate it as merely some other thing, which is sexier and more profitable in political, commercial and symbolic terms and which adapts the rhetoric of neoliberal entrepreneurial subjectivities – free, empowered, sovereign of themselves and their choices – to these new post-recessionary times. Against this, and with a particular focus on the Spanish context, this article makes the case for a truly critical popular/populist feminism, capable of normalising the values of equality, justice, diversity, wellbeing and freedom, as well as of developing an intersectional and progressive social project for everyone.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-16T09:09:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420921408
       
  • Sex work, advertorial news media and conditional acceptance
    • Authors: Gwyn Easterbrook-Smith
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Media depictions of sex work and workers are a key site where perceptions of the sex industry are established and contested, particularly for audiences who may have little to no direct interaction with it otherwise. The presence of an advertorial framing or function of news media coverage of the sex industry has been identified in previous work. This article analyses news media coverage in New Zealand post-decriminalisation to consider how advertorial frames are used to construct indoor low-volume sex work as acceptable, and identify the conditions which are attached to this acceptability. The advertorial frames often emphasise the respectability and/or desirability of the clientele, potentially indicating to male readers that they may be a client-type man. Simultaneously, this construction of clients as desirable is used to underpin a discourse of authentic pleasure on the part of the workers. These narratives obscure the sexual and emotional labour involved in low-volume sex work, stripping it of its status as work, and positioning work-sex as akin to non-transactional sexual contact. Such renderings often draw meaning and legitimacy by shifting existing stereotypes about the sex industry as dangerous or damaging to other workers: typically those who charge less for their services or who are perceived to see more clients. This article concludes that the establishment of one kind of sex work as more acceptable at the expense of other sectors of the industry may serve to further entrench existing inequalities among people who work in the sex industry.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-14T06:58:54Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420919846
       
  • Book review: Jamie Hakim, Work That Body: Male Bodies in Digital Culture
    • Authors: Catherine Rottenberg
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-13T10:44:21Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420919855
       
  • Shaming the working class in post-socialist Reality Television
    • Authors: Irena Reifová
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article examines the ways in which working class participants are shamed in Czech Reality TV programmes. Previous research demonstrates that everyday Reality TV is an exercise in neoliberal governmentality and respective technology of the self, which advances the idea of the entrepreneurial self as a capital investment project and a brand. The article seeks to illuminate the process of stigmatisation of those who do not comply with these norms in the cultural setting of post-socialist neoliberalism. It builds on the arguments contending that neoliberal capitalism was implemented in the post-socialist part of Europe with higher momentum and stronger hegemonic power than in the West. The research looks at the acts of shaming working classes in three different Reality TV programmes as the dynamics through which class positions are moulded in a culture with a yet emerging class structure. The qualitative analysis of shaming interactions reveals that a working class position in the post-socialist cultural setting is articulated predominantly to excessive preservation of habits dating back to the period of socialism or, however, insufficient employment of the innovations and opportunities brought about by capitalism. Qualitative clustering of the targets of shaming resulted in four different types of self – marketised self, depaternalised self, unclassed self and (desperately) inegalitarian self – which the analysed Reality TV programmes endorse as the ideal facets of post-socialist personhood. The master homology between the genre of makeover reality show and post-socialism is detected as both systems are entrenched in the values of a complete overhaul of an individual or society.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-03-24T11:58:40Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420902790
       
  • Dazzle camouflage as queer counter conduct
    • Authors: Jessica Lingel
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Developed as an anti-surveillance strategy during World War I, dazzle camouflage used sharply contrasting colors to disguise ships in the British navy from enemy observation. Unlike traditional camouflage that was meant to keep one’s forces or weaponry hidden, dazzle camouflage used hypervisibility to deflect attention, making it impossible to detect a ship’s movements. In this article, I develop the concept of dazzle camouflage as a form of queer counter-conduct, arguing that queer subjectivity offers a generative vantage point for theorizing resistance to the hegemonic gaze. I draw on three forms of queer protest against everyday surveillance: Chelsea Manning’s response to trolling on Twitter, drag queen practices of reading, and a pair of art projects from visual artist Zach Blas. Taken together, these practices allow me to characterize dazzle camouflage as leveraging aesthetic playfulness and boundary work. Conceptually, my goal is to bring together surveillance studies and queer theory as frameworks for building a more robust account of dazzle camouflage, and moreover, an account that can be instructive for queer activism in a context of everyday digital surveillance.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-02-28T09:08:11Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420902805
       
  • The online anti-public sphere
    • Authors: Mark Davis
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      In this article, I outline the online ‘anti-public sphere’ as an object for analysis, defined as that space of online socio-political interaction where discourse routinely and radically flouts the ethical and rational norms of democratic discourse. This is a formerly offline space made newly visible by digital networked media. It includes discursive spaces and forms such as White supremacist websites, anti-climate science forums, militant ‘men’s rights’ sites, anti-immigration Facebook pages, gay hate memes, misogynist trolling, anti-Semitic websites, alt-right websites and ‘truth’ (conspiracy) websites, to name a few, where discussion flouts norms of public debate, rules of argument and requirements for the rational consideration of evidence for its own ends. Building on earlier work on anti-publics by McKenzie Wark and Bart Cammaerts, and working from examples from several different domains of online anti-public discourse, I argue that despite its size and complexity, it is possible and necessary to theorise this heterogeneous discursive field, not least because while such discourse is often dismissed, the meanings developed in such domains increasingly intermingle with and inform everyday democratic discourse. While we tend to think of extreme and irrational online discourse as aberrant and alien to everyday democratic discourse, analysis suggests that such discourse in fact is a precise reflection of an everyday ‘post-normative’ democratic discourse that has itself become deeply inflected with reactionary and populist themes.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-02-28T09:06:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420902799
       
  • ‘New Italians’ and intercultural citizenship: Challenging hegemonic
           visions of migration, childhood and identity through fiction
    • Authors: Laura Rorato
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article explores how representations of migration in 21st-century Italian fiction, including texts aimed at children and adolescents, can foster intercultural communication and contribute to the creation of a more tolerant society. Children represent a large proportion of the number of migrants arriving in Italy every year. However, since immigration is a relatively recent phenomenon, and Italians are still struggling to accept their homeland’s transition from emigrant to immigrant nation, Italian fiction offers a useful platform for exploring and challenging stereotypes about childhood, migration, identity and multiculturalism. This article presents a close reading of four semifictional works selected for their child-centric perspective, and their authors’ desire to use storytelling as a contact zone, that is a tool for sharing memories and creating a community spirit capable of promoting a sense of belonging, even in the absence of a single physical place to call home. The texts in question are Sumaya’s Abdel Qader’s Porto il velo, adoro i Queen. Nuove italiane crescono [I wear a headscarf, I love Queen. New Italian women are growing up]; Giuseppe Caliceti’s Italiani, per esempio. L’Italia vista dai bambini immigrati [Italians, for instance. Italy seen through the eyes of immigrant children]; Fabrizio Gatti’s Viki che voleva andare a scula [Viki who wanted to go to School], and Carmine Abate’ La festa del ritorno [The homecoming party]. All four authors have either direct or indirect experience of migration and particularly of the impact that migration has on children. They also share a sense of commitment and engagement and particularly in Caliceti’s and Abate’s case, an interest in language as a form of resistance. Their works are clear examples of the power of literature in challenging some of the more problematic sociological and media discourses about childhood and migration that tend to represent children as vulnerable victims or potential criminals.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-02-17T10:37:55Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420902807
       
  • The slippery slope of cultural non-participation: Orientations of
           participation among the potentially passive
    • Authors: Riie Heikkilä
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Research on cultural practices has highlighted the rise of different cultural consumption patterns that challenge the classic theories on class-based hierarchies. However, most scholarly work has focused on active, rather than passive, cultural consumers. This article aims to fill that gap by exploring the orientations of cultural participation of hypothetically passive cultural consumers in contemporary Finland. Existing research proves that culturally non-active groups are difficult to reach through quantitative methods, so this project will draw on qualitative data: 40 individual interviews on everyday life, cultural taste, knowledge and participation with a theoretical sample of people whose background profiles statistically predict cultural non-participation. This article finds three main orientations of participation, expressed as attitudes on different kinds of cultural practices and symbolic boundaries drawn – these orientations of participation are the social-mundane, the cultural-legitimate and the introvert-hostile. It is argued that while none of the orientations equals to cultural non-participation, the latter orientation stands out from the other two as drawing symbolic boundaries upward, highlighting that cultural participation remains a highly stratified and polarized field, also in an egalitarian society.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-02-17T10:35:55Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420902802
       
  • From cubicles to open space: An analysis of gendered meanings of workspace
    • Authors: Virve Peteri, Kirsti Lempiäinen, Merja Kinnunen
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article analyses office spaces and their gendered meanings, specifically concentrating on informal spaces such as coffee rooms, corridors and so-called chill-out areas. The analysis draws on feminist research on space and Henri Lefebvre’s theory of social space, which focuses on how lived space in the workplace is signified and contested. The ethnographic material was gathered in office environments during the 1980s, 1990s and 2010s. The analysis shows that opening up the office space invites new sorts of management of work tasks, social relations and embodiment. The authors suggest that the aim of fostering and capitalizing on informal encounters and spaces – which were typical for women workers in industrial offices – may paradoxically decrease direct meetings and communication in the post-industrial office.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-02-12T09:33:24Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420902792
       
  • Gastro-emotivism: How MasterChef Israel produces therapeutic collective
           belongings
    • Authors: Rafi Grosglik, Julia Lerner
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Although there is burgeoning research on the impact of therapeutic culture in the construction of the individual Self, the ways in which emotional discourse and therapeutic style shape the collective Self have been overlooked. Focusing on the popular reality-television cooking show MasterChef Israel, this article explores the emergence of gastro-emotivism – an interlacing of food with emotions and therapy and a materialization of emotions in the form of food. In MasterChef Israel, gastro-emotivism is used to articulate emotional-therapeutic selves as well as collective belongings and social categories. While recent literature understood the appearance of therapeutic culture in popular media as geared to reshape the individual neoliberal Self, we suggest that gastro-emotivism indicates the expansion of the emotional therapeutic framework in the depiction and construction of collective identities and identifications. We elaborate on the global phenomena of gastro-emotivism and explain its particular Israeli appearance. Emerging from this account is the proliferation of emotional-therapeutic discourse in the Israeli public sphere and its predominance in the ways in which Israelis ‘cook, taste and feel’ their collective affiliations.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-02-10T11:55:51Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420902801
       
  • Book review: Jessica Retis and Roza Tsagarousianou (eds), The Handbook of
           Diasporas, Media, and Culture
    • Authors: Ola Ogunyemi
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-01-16T09:39:45Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419897665
       
  • Book Reviews: David Morley, Communications and Mobility: The Migrant, the
           Mobile Phone, and the Container Box
    • Authors: Jeffrey Patterson
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-01-13T08:57:20Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419897640
       
  • The politics and poetics of migrant narratives
    • Authors: Koen Leurs, Irati Agirreazkuenaga, Kevin Smets, Melis Mevsimler
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      Serving as the introduction to the special issue on ‘Migrant narratives’, this article proposes a multi-perspectival and multi-stakeholder analysis of how migration is narrated in the media in the last decade. This research agenda is developed by focussing on groups of actors that are commonly studied in isolation from each other: (1) migrants, (2) media professionals such as journalists and spokespersons from humanitarian organizations, (3) governments and corporations and (4) artists and activists. We take a relational approach to recognize how media power is articulated alongside a spectrum of more top-down and more bottom-up perspectives, through specific formats, genres and styles within and against larger frameworks of governmentality. Taken together, the poetics and politics of migrant narratives demand attention respectively for how stakeholders variously aesthetically present and politically represent migration. The opportunities, challenges, problems and commitments observed among the four groups of actors also provide the means to rethink our practice and responsibilities as media and migration scholars contributing to decentring media technologies and re-humanizing migrants.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-01-13T08:57:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549419896367
       
  • Culture and commoning in a time of coronavirus: Introduction to a Cultural
           Commons special section on COVID-19
    • Authors: Jilly Boyce Kay, Helen Wood
      First page: 630
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-06-09T12:32:04Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420928360
       
  • ‘We are doing better’: Biopolitical nationalism and the
           COVID-19 virus in East Asia
    • Authors: Jeroen de Kloet, Jian Lin, Yiu Fai Chow
      First page: 635
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      The COVID-19 pandemic stirs up strong nationalist and localist sentiments; places pride themselves on containing the virus more effectively: We are doing better. We call this ‘biopolitical nationalism’, understood by us as the dynamics between body, geopolitics and affect. When looking at mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, we analyse how the biopolitical efforts of these places are being compared, applauded and supported. Under a discourse of life and survival, this celebration of biopolitical control does not fall into the classic reproduction of capital, but speaks to geopolitical identification. Biopolitics has morphed into a field of competition, of rivalry, of nationalistic – or, perhaps more generally, localist – power games. What can we do as Cultural Studies scholars'
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-06-05T04:19:23Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420928092
       
  • Clap for carers' From care gratitude to care justice
    • Authors: Helen Wood, Beverley Skeggs
      First page: 641
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-06-09T12:32:04Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420928362
       
  • The work of culture and C-19
    • Authors: Mark Banks
      First page: 648
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      This article offers some initial commentary on the cultural impacts of COVID-19. It first considers how the pandemic might already have shifted the focus - or challenged our capacities - for cultural studies scholarship. However, the article is more centrally concerned with how measures designed to combat COVID-19 have begun to transform patterns of cultural consumption, production and work. The article considers the current status of cultural workers, in the midst of (yet further) crisis, and poses questions of what might culture be or become, in and beyond the current state of emergency.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-08T09:08:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420924687
       
  • Television’s undoing of social distancing
    • Authors: Joke Hermes, Annette Hill
      First page: 655
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-28T07:17:39Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420927724
       
  • The haunting figure of the useless academic: Critical thinking in
           coronavirus time
    • Authors: Ghassan Hage
      First page: 662
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.
      A critical intellectual, someone whose job is to think, reflect and critique can be the last thing one needs in times of practical urgency. If anything such people can be a hindrance to the recovery effort. Pardoxically, in such times, critical intellectuals are more necessary than ever. Pandemics, for instance, invite war metaphors, and unleash reactionary themes of ‘cohesion’, ‘unity’ and ‘common purpose’ that require being challenged. To be a critical intellectual in such times is to be aware of, and learn how to negotiate, such a contradiction.
      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-05-16T09:09:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420926182
       
  • Book Review: Hili Razinsky, Ambivalence: A Philosophical Exploration
    • Authors: Eva-Maria Aigner
      First page: 670
      Abstract: European Journal of Cultural Studies, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: European Journal of Cultural Studies
      PubDate: 2020-04-18T08:16:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/1367549420912667
       
 
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