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 teach on the following courses:
MCS101 Introduction to Media and Cultural Studies (undergraduate)
MCS200 Critical Cultural Theory (undergraduate)
SOC360 Dissertation (undergraduate)
GWS403 Feminist Media and Cultural Studies (postgraduate)
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 will be 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.
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, representations/experiences of social class and/or gender, reality television, feminist activism and theory, parenting identities, culture and policy, motherhood
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
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.
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
Tough love in tough times
Jensen, T.L. 2012 In: Studies in The Maternal. 4, 2, p. 1-26. 26 p.
PhD Viva Opponent for Kristina Alstam
Membership of peer review panel or committee
British Sociological Association Annual Conferen
Participation in conference
Participation in conference
Media, Power, Politics: ‘Poverty Porn’ and Anti-Welfare Commonsense
Psychosocial Studies Tackles Austerity
Revisiting Feminist Classics: The Anti-Social Family