At the Interface: Continuity and Transformation in Culture by Eugenia Siapera, Joss Hands

By Eugenia Siapera, Joss Hands

In a global more and more characterized through perpetual re-invention throughout the dynamic flows of capital, people and ideas, figuring out switch and transformation is an principal. the aim of this ebook is a primary step in a venture to have interaction the dynamics of transformation on the interface of tradition and politics, via contextualisation, mirrored image and a sharing of highbrow assets. Bringing jointly the paintings of lecturers from a number disciplines, who percentage an overarching target to map such differences, the quantity covers issues starting from pop culture, the net, to movie and cinema. Casting a latest gaze on cultural phenomena, the individuals all search to track trajectories of switch and continuity from inside of their very own particular box, utilizing various ways from theoretical mirrored image to empirical case experiences. Of basic curiosity to scholars of the arts and social sciences, and of specific curiosity for college kids of cultural stories and conversation in any respect degrees, this quantity constitutes a distinct chance to mirror on fresh adjustments but in addition at the patience of definite cultural and political practices.

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From this position they subvert and reaffirm the hegemonisation of dichotomous gender roles. In both discourses gender bending is read as a set of subversive practices. The resistance against the hegemonic gender roles by the bending of genders has become a discursive agenda in popular culture research. The transgression of gender boundaries has been evaluated as preferably resistance through pleasure. Meanwhile gender benders came out of the margins and are now commodified as mainstream and accepted within mainstream popular culture, especially on their target group broadcasters MTV and TMF.

The body is a site of the performance of gender: Considering that “the” body is invariably transformed into his body or her body, the body is only known through its gendered appearance. 20 5. Consumerism and the Performing Self: Consuming the Self The improvement of the distribution and the evolution of mass publicity created a consumer market for the personal, for the body. These changes are associated with a new type of personality, referred to as the concept of the performing self. 21 Commodification is, according to Shilling, the mode through which the contemporary societies seek to ensure a continuity in the way people present themselves.

2. Crossing Gender Boundaries Some academic discourses on gender bending are based on the writings of Judith Butler. Gender bending has to be situated in a framework of gender entanglement. It is described as the bodily hybridisation of masculine and feminine stereotypes, through which gender ambiguity can arise. It seems that a consensus has been reached to consider gender as a cultural and social construction. The central idea of Judith Butler on this issue is that gender is not an expression of nature but that it is performative.

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