Popular culture and anti-austerity protest


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Bramall, Rebecca (2012) Popular culture and anti-austerity protest Journal of European Popular Culture, 3 (1). pp. 9-22. ISSN 2040-6134

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The prevailing description of our times as an ‘age of austerity’ has hardened into an axiom with extraordinary rapidity. Focusing on contemporary popular and consumer culture in Britain, this article makes a contribution to the task of subjecting the discourse of ‘austerity’ to the consideration it properly demands. I identify and interrogate the meanings that ‘austerity’ has in contemporary culture, and recall the contingency of the processes through which these meanings have been consolidated, a task that is all the more urgent, I suggest, when it feels like one prevailing signification has already ‘won out’. The article is organized around the discussion of three dominant meanings of austerity: austerity as ‘responsible politics’, deficit reduction and coalition government policy; austerity as the ‘other’ that defines left-political struggle; and austerity as ‘austerity chic’. The latter points to a conception of austerity as object of desire, an element which I develop and use to question the currently dominant critical position in left-cultural politics, the position of being ‘anti-austerity’.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in the Journal of European Popular Culture. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-journal,id=177/
Uncontrolled Keywords: age of austerity; anti-austerity protest; austerity; austerity chic; consumer culture; popular culture
Subjects: P000 Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
L000 Social Sciences > L200 Politics > L290 Politics not elsewhere classified
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1386/jepc.3.1.9_1
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2014 03:01
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2015 11:59
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/12492

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