The Cultural Politics of Austerity: Past and Present in Austere Times

Hardcover | October 31, 2013

byRebecca Bramall

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In the wake of the global financial crisis, the present 'age of austerity' has repeatedly been compared to the wartime and postwar austerity years. For many, the rise of austerity nostalgia suggests a compliant public in thrall to the command to 'keep calm and carry on' while the welfare state is dismantled around them. Yet, at the same time, the idea that the Second World War can serve as a compelling historical precedent for sustainable living has found favour in environmental and anti-consumerist debate. Challenging dominant approaches to 'austerity', Rebecca Bramall explores the presence and persuasiveness of the past in contemporary popular culture, focusing intensively on the contradictions, antagonisms, alternatives and possibilities that the current conjuncture presents. In doing so, she exemplifies a new approach to emergent uses of the past, questioning longstanding assumptions about the relationship between history, culture and politics.

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In the wake of the global financial crisis, the present 'age of austerity' has repeatedly been compared to the wartime and postwar austerity years. For many, the rise of austerity nostalgia suggests a compliant public in thrall to the command to 'keep calm and carry on' while the welfare state is dismantled around them. Yet, at the sam...

Rebecca Bramall teaches media and cultural studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton, UK.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 11.11 × 5.64 × 0.49 inPublished:October 31, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230360475

ISBN - 13:9780230360471

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Table of Contents

Contents
List of Figures
Acknowledgements
1.Introduction: Austere times
2.On being 'inside' austerity: austerity chic, consumer culture and anti-austerity protest
3.The past in the present: history, memory, ideology and discourse
4.Dig for victory! Eco-austerity, sustainability and new historical subjectivities
5.The state of austerity: governance, welfare and the people
6.Turning back time: feminism, domesticity and austere femininities
7.Afterword: austerity and after
Notes
Bibliography
Index