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Articles from No. 86, 2015

A Sociology of Culture, Taste and Value
Simon Stewart, A Sociology of Culture, Taste and Value, Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.Today it would be impossible to write a book about cultural sociology and the role of taste and value without devoting considerable space to the work of Pierre...
Feminist Surveillance Studies
Rachel E. Dubrofsky and Shoshana Amielle Magnet (eds), Feminist Surveillance Studies, Durham and London, Duke University Press, 2015, 304pp.Rachel Dubrofsky and Shoshana Magnet's introduction to Feminist Surveillance Studies begins with a description...
Introduction: Sexism - a Problem with a Name
This special issue is premised on a claim: to make sexism the explicit object of academic enquiry is to generate new knowledge and understanding. To understand how sexism works, to ask why sexism remains stubbornly persistent in shaping worlds, determining...
Literature, Immigration, and Diaspora in Fin De Siècle England: A Cultural History of the 1905 Aliens Act
David Glover, Literature, Immigration, and Diaspora in Fin de Siècle England: A Cultural History of the 1905 Aliens Act, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012, x + 229 pp., £53.99 hardback.When the issue of immigration exploded across British politics...
Networked Affect
Ken Hillis, Susanna Paasonen, and Michael Petit (eds), Networked Affect, Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 2015, 267pp; £24.95 hardcover.Networked Affect contributes to a growing body of scholarship which brings together the study of affect, emotions, and feeling...
Sexism: A Femme-Inist Perspective
INTRODUCTIONSexism is a concept with an entrance. The standard dictionary definition is double; on the one hand as Wikipedia puts it: 'prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially discrimination against women' and on the other, 'behaviour, conditions,...
Sexism as a Means of Reproduction: Some Reflections on the Politics of Academic Practice
A FEMINIST EDUCATIONThere was not a lot of feminist literature on the curriculum throughout my high school education in the Boston suburbs in the 1970s. In fact there was none. It wasn't until I became a first year undergraduate in 1978 that I began...
Sexism at the Centre: Locating the Problem of Sexual Harassment
In recent years a number of high profile cases of sexual harassment and assault have redirected international attention to the issues of sexism and sexual violence at universities. Many of these cases have addressed student to student sexual violence....
The Choreography of Everyday Sexism: Reworking Sexism in Interaction
For some time, the successes and freedoms of women, especially young, white, heterosexual and upwardly-mobile women, have been proclaimed and celebrated across the 'advanced democracies' of the west.1 While evidence documenting the persistence of sexism...
The Paradox of Fallon's Fight: Interlocking Discourses of Sexism and Cissexism in Mixed Martial Arts Fighting
Dude Looks Like a Lady bellowed throughout the arena as Fallon Fox waited to enter the ring for her professional mixed-martial arts (MMA) fight against Allana Jones. Jones chose the Aerosmith song to accompany her walkout before the fight as a particularly...
The Unwanted Labour of Social Media: Women of Colour Call out Culture as Venture Community Management
As Ursula Huws has written, digital labour is 'difficult to conceptualise' because the internet creates new styles of labour: it not only traffics far more in the immaterial, it is also arrayed along new axes of production, new forms of compensation,...
Uncloaking Humour: Ironic-Parodic Sexism and Smart Media
I want to offer a perverse position or provocation on humour. In the critical literature, this might simply amount to taking humour seriously. Within this framework, I would envisage myself to be an absurd figure, a po-faced philosopher of jokes and...
What Animals Teach Us about Politics
Brian Massumi, What Animals Teach Us About Politics, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2014, 137pp; paperback, £14.99Most philosophers don't like animals. This truism is all the more evident if one looks at the manner in which animals have appeared...
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