Dr Tracey JensenLecturer in Media and Cultural Studies
My research and teaching draws across the disciplines of sociology, social policy, cultural studies and media. My research interests are around cultural politics, representation, social and media inequalities and the cultural and emotional dimensions of austerity.
I convene the following courses:
MCS101 Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies (Part 1 undergraduate)
MCS200 Critical Cultural Theory (Part II undergraduate)
SOCL350 Welfare States: Histories and Futures (with Imogen Tyler) (Part II undergraduate)
MCS232: Television, Culture and Society (Part II undergraduate)
I also teach on:
GWS101 Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies (Part I undergraduate)
SOC360 Research Dissertation (Part II undergraduate)
GWS403 Feminist Media and Cultural Studies (Postgraduate Taught/Masters)
My current research looks at how policy, media and cultural texts work together to produce and circulate commonsense ideas of families ‘in crisis', ‘welfare dependent’ or ‘undisciplined’. I am connecting these ideas to a broader analysis of the 'post-welfare' shift, in which citizen entitlements are becoming contractual, precarious and sanctioned. My book Parenting The Crisis: the cultural politics of parent-blame explores the connections between parenting culture, policy and neoliberalism and was recently published by Policy Press.
I have also been examining the recent explosion of a new genre of reality television – known as ‘poverty porn’ – which forms part of a populist authoritarianism around welfare. I have a longstanding interest in reality television as a site of contested class-making and forthcoming research in this area will explore the processes and economics of factual welfare television production. This particular strand of research also feeds into a series of connected current and future projects on welfare, the welfare state and welfare imaginaries, which explore how ideas of welfare provision have been imagined, represented and mediated over 60 years.
PhD Supervision Interests
I welcome applications for PhD supervision and I am happy to discuss proposals in any of the following areas: The cultural politics of austerity/poverty, welfare policy and change, the welfare state, representations/experiences of social class and/or gender, television, feminist activism and theory, parenting culture
Parenting the Crisis: the cultural politics of parent blame
Jensen, T.L. 28/03/2018 Bristol : Policy Press. 216 p. ISBN: 9781447325062. Electronic ISBN: 9781447325086.
We need to talk about family: essays on Neoliberalism, the Family and Popular Culture
Garrett, R., Jensen, T.L., Voela, A. 1/09/2016 Cambridge Scholars. 399 p.
Jensen, T.L. 2016 In: We need to talk about family. Newcastle Upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars
Puppy Love?: Companion animals in the media
Jensen, T.L., Cudworth, E. 2016 In: Critical Animal and Media Studies. Abingdon, Oxford : Routledge p. 185-204. 19 p.
Benefits broods: the cultural and political crafting of anti-welfare commonsense
Jensen, T., Tyler, I. 11/2015 In: Critical Social Policy. 35, 4, p. 470-491. 22 p.
Jensen, T.L. 2015 In: Identity and Belonging. London : Palgrave ISBN: 9781137334893. Electronic ISBN: 9781137334909.
Welfare commonsense, poverty porn and doxosophy
Jensen, T.L. 15/08/2014 In: Sociological Research Online. 19, 3
Sluts that choose vs doormat gypsies: exploring affect in the postfeminist, visual moral economy of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding
Jensen, T.L., Ringrose, J. 2014 In: Feminist Media Studies. 14, 3, p. 369-387. 19 p.
Riots, restraint and the new cultural politics of wanting
Jensen, T.L. 29/11/2013 In: Sociological Research Online. 18, 4
Creating Distinction: Middle-class viewers of Supernanny in the UK
Jensen, T.L. 2013 In: Parenting in Global Perspective. London : Routledge
Mumsnetiquette: social media sensibilities and affect
Jensen, T.L. 2013 In: Privilege, Agency and Affect. Palgrave
Gender, Popular Culture and Postfeminism
Jensen, T.L. 2012 In: Being Cultural. Auckland, New Zealand : Pearson ISBN: 9781442547698.
Tough love in tough times
Jensen, T.L. 2012 In: Studies in The Maternal. 4, 2, p. 1-26. 26 p.
'Watching with my over my eyes': shame and irritation in ambivalent encounters with 'bad mothers'
Jensen, T.L. 2011 In: Radical Psychology.
'What kind of mum are you at the moment?': Supernanny and the psychologising of classed embodiment
Jensen, T.L. 07/2010 In: Subjectivity. 3, 2, p. 170-192. 23 p.
Warmth and Wealth: re-imagining social class in taxonomies of parenting
Jensen, T.L. 1/01/2010 In: Studies in The Maternal. 2, 1, p. 1-13. 13 p.
Speaking as a Mother: notes on becoming a researcher and not getting onto Supernanny
Jensen, T.L. 1/08/2008 In: Feminism and Psychology. 18, 3, p. 384-388. 5 p.
Welfare Imaginaries Seminars
01/03/2018 → 31/12/2018
Thinking Through Mothercraft and Statecraft
University of Gothenburg (External organisation)
Membership of committee
British Sociological Association Annual Conferen
Participation in conference
Participation in conference
Media, Power, Politics: ‘Poverty Porn’ and Anti-Welfare Commonsense
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar
Psychosocial Studies Tackles Austerity
Revisiting Feminist Classics: The Anti-Social Family
Outstanding Contribution to Student Experience
Prize (including medals and awards)