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"Penny-Pinching Pedagogy: Gendering 'poverty porn' and the romances of austerity and thrift",

Date: 20 May 2014 Time: 12.30-2pm

Venue: bowland north seminar room 20

The current radical welfare state restructuring has been accompanied by an explosion of media representations (and misrepresentations) of 'poverty porn' media culture, which presents those at the bottom of the labour market as responsible for their own poverty. The politicalerosion of social security is also overlaid with a new moralimperative around 'thrift' and its virtues, embrace the challenge of'doing more with less', finding ways to live on, and thrive, in a time of increasing precarity.'Thrift' and 'penny-pinching' have become new genres of popularpedagogy, a kind of austerity self-help, promising to re-orient ourmoral compass and cure us of our profligacy and our spendthrifthabits. In particular, it is women who are invited (or perhaps compelled) to become desirable 'thriftysubjects'. Consequently the figures of failure, waste, excess andindiscipline are also powerfully gendered - and held up as evidenceof a bloated welfare state. This seminar examines the 'cruel optimism'(Berlant, 2011) of thrift, the futures it tantalisingly promises, the consolingand constructed national nostalgias that it animates and thepathologies that are re-circulated across poverty porn which seek toconnect poverty to the 'wrong' kind of consumption.>>>>>> All are welcome to attend>>>>>>

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Associated staff: Imogen Tyler

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education, Sociology

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