ABSTRACT

Contemporary popular culture is engaged in a rich and multi-levelled set of representational relations with austerity. This volume seeks to explore these relations, to ask: how does popular culture give expression to austerity; how are its effects conveyed; how do texts reproduce and expose its mythic qualities? It provides a reading of cultural texts in circulation in the present ‘age of austerity’. Through its central focus—popular culture—it considers the impact and influence of austerity across media and textual categories. The collection presents a theoretical deconstruction of popular culture’s reproduction of, and response to, mythical expressions of ‘austerity’ in Western culture, spanning the United Kingdom, North America, Europe and the Middle East and textual events from political media discourse, music, videogames, social media, film, television, journalism, folk art, food, protest movements, slow media and the practice of austerity in everyday life

chapter |14 pages

Hard Times Today

ByPETE BENNETT, JULIAN MCDOUGALL

part |2 pages

PART I: The Way We Live Now: Austerity Myths in Everyday Life

chapter 1|11 pages

Trying to Discern the Impact of Austerity in Lived Experience

ByGARGI BHATTACHARYYA

chapter 4|6 pages

‘Jolly Fucker’: The Face of Farage

ByJULIAN MCDOUGALL

part |2 pages

PART II: Popular Culture: Myths from the Front

part |2 pages

PART III: Out on the Streets: Myths and Acts of Resistance

part |2 pages

PART IV: Popular Culture: Mythical Symmetries

chapter 12|13 pages

Poor Relations: Youth and Poverty in Post-Millennial British Cinema

BySTELLA HOCKENHULL

chapter 13|19 pages

Hard Times for the Video Games Industry?

ByWAYNE O’BRIEN