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Cultural Politics in the Age of Austerity

Edited by David Berry

© 2017 – Routledge

244 pages

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In 2008 another economic crisis emerged in the long history of capitalism which created a period of ‘austerity economics’ across many nations. Cultural Politics in the Age of Austerity examines how austerity has impacted upon cultural politics in relation to understanding how established power is both maintained and challenged.

The book begins by detailing the meaning of cultural politics before exploring themes such as media discourse, austerity narratives, class, cultural hegemony/government policymaking, social movements and the European Union, and left responses to austerity. It also includes chapters tracing cultural politics in Spain, with a focus on anti-austerity movements and the relationship between austerity and Spanish football.

Cultural Politics in the Age of Austerity assesses the impact of a range of cultural/political forms concerning the dynamics of society and relations of power during times of crisis. As such, it will appeal to scholars of culture, media, politics, philosophy, sociology and social psychology.

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors



  1. Cultural Politics, Austerity and Responses

  3. Unmasking the Golem: English Riots, Media
  4. and the Social Psychology of Madness


  5. Remembrance and the working class soldier hero in
  6. Austerity Britain


  7. ‘We have to keep going, whatever happens’: The Austerity Narratives
  8. of Girls, Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey


  9. Managing the Social Impacts of Austerity Britain: The Cultural Politics
  10. of Neo-Liberal ‘nudging’


  11. Class and cultural colonization in the era of austerity: The dialectics
  12. of identity and de-subordination


  13. The European Union Project, Social Movements & Alienation

  15. Cultural Politics Anti-Austerity Movements in Spain: Towards a
  16. Comprehensive Strategy of Change


  17. The Sweet Smell of Success: Spanish Football as the antidote to
  18. Austerity since 2008


  19. Sectarians on Wigan Pier: The British Left in an Age of Austerity



About the Editor

David Berry is Senior Lecturer in Media, Communication and Culture at Southampton Solent University, UK, and the author of The Romanian Mass Media and Cultural Development and Journalism, Ethics and Society. He is the co-author of Public Policy and Media Organizations, the co-editor of Radical Mass Media Criticism: A Cultural Genealogy and British Marxism and Cultural Studies: Essays on a living tradition,and the editor of Ethics and Media Culture: Representations and Practices and Revisiting the Frankfurt School: Essays on Media, Culture and Theory.

About the Series

The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture

The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture
Dedicated to a renewed engagement with culture, this series fosters critical, contextual analyses and cross-disciplinary examinations of popular culture as a site of cultural politics. It welcomes theoretically grounded and critically engaged accounts of the politics of contemporary popular culture and the popular dimensions of cultural politics. Without being aligned to a specific theoretical or methodological approach, The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture publishes monographs and edited collections that promote dialogues on central subjects, such as representation, identity, power, consumption, citizenship, desire and difference. Offering approachable and insightful analyses that complicate race, class, gender, sexuality, (dis)ability and nation across various sites of production and consumption, including film, television, music, advertising, sport, fashion, food, youth, subcultures and new media, The Cultural Politics of Media and Popular Culture welcomes work that explores the importance of text, context and subtext as these relate to the ways in which popular culture works alongside hegemony.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural