Essential reading for those seeking a thorough and wide-ranging understanding of postfeminism This text comprehensively surveys and critically positions the main issues, theories and contemporary debates surrounding postfeminism. It covers the term’s underpinnings and critical contexts, its different meanings, as well as popular media representations. New for this edition: Extended critical history of postfeminism Engagement with a new postfeminist vocabulary associated with post-recession Close analysis of the impact of a recessionary postfeminist stance Adopting an inclusive and interdisciplinary approach, the text situates postfeminism in relation to earlier feminisms and addresses its manifestations in popular culture, academia, politics and brand culture. It brings to light the various meanings of postfeminism and highlights distinct postfeminist patterns, while opening up the category for future investigation. Key Features User-friendly format allows students and lecturers to explore the diverse postfeminist landscape as well as examine specific versions of it An original and rigorous critical approach to the topic that advances a contextualized understanding of postfeminism Detailed analysis in chapters on the Backlash, New Traditionalism and Austerity Nostalgia, New Feminism, Girl Power and Chick-lit, Do-Me Feminism and Raunch Culture, (Neo)liberal Sexism, Postmodern Feminism, Postcolonial Feminism, Queer Feminism, Men and Feminism, Cyberfeminism, Third Wave Feminism, Sexual Micro-/Macro-Politics, Celebrity Brand Culture Includes topical case studies on (amongst others) Game of Thrones, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Lady Gaga, Girls, Nicki Minaj, Slut Walk, FEMEN ; This text comprehensively surveys and critically positions the main issues, theories and contemporary debates surrounding postfeminism. ; Introduction; 1. Postfeminist Contexts; Postfeminist Texts and Theories; 2. Backlash, New Traditionalism and Austerity-Nostalgia; 3. New Feminism: Victim vs. Power; 4. Girl Power and Chick Lit; 5. Do-Me Feminism and Raunch Culture; 6. Liberal Sexism; 7. Postmodern (Post)Feminism; 8. Queer (Post)Feminism; 9. Men and Postfeminism; 10. Cyber-Postfeminism; 11. Third Wave Feminism; 12. Micro/Macro-Politics and Enterprise Culture; 13. Postfeminist Brand Culture and Celebrity Authenticity; Bibliography.
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Stéphanie Genz is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Nottingham Trent University. She specializes in contemporary gender and cultural theory. Her book publications include Postfeminist Gothic: Critical Interventions in Contemporary Culture and Postfemininities in Popular Culture. Stéphanie’s current work centres on sexist liberalism/liberal sexism in post-recessionary culture that belies assumptions of gender equality and sexual freedom.; Benjamin A. Brabon is Academic Lead for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the Higher Education Academy. A former Reader in English Literature and Digital Education with 5 books to his name, he is recognised within the sector for his work on MOOCs, Gothic fiction and Gender Studies.