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Working Women on Screen

Paid Labour and Fourth Wave Feminism

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  • Examines screen media representations of women’s participation in the contemporary labor market
  • Reviews issues that are deeply embedded in neoliberal conceptions of contemporary feminism
  • Analyzes representations related to the intersecting dynamics of gender, race, class, sexuality, and disability

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in (Re)Presenting Gender (PSRG)

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Working Women on Screen: Paid Labour and Fourth Wave Feminism critically examines screen media representations of women’s participation in the contemporary labour market. The edited collection brings together contributions on Aesthetic Labour; Power, Politics, and Neoliberal Industries; and Sex, Sexuality, and Relationships.

Within the context of fourth wave feminism, there has been a new proliferation in the global media landscape of representations of women’s paid labour. This has coincided with the development of critical and ideological issues surrounding intersectionality and culture wars, as well as the impacts of recessions, political upheavals, and pandemics. Workplace dynamics and post-#MeToo politics have led to the complexification of structures, oppressions and relationships that impact what women can do for money. As a result, the “working woman” is now a constant presence on our screens, though articulated in widely divergent ways. The chapters within this collection critique issues that are deeply embedded in neoliberal conceptions of contemporary feminism, such as aspects of “lean-in” culture, structural oppression, and women’s experiences of the “glass ceiling” and “glass cliff”.

The volume as a whole will analyse representations related to the intersecting dynamics of gender, race, class, sexuality, and disability in television, film, social media and video games. It will be key reading for students and scholars in media, gender, and cultural studies.


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Table of contents (14 chapters)

Reviews

“This is a wide-ranging and timely collection with a sharp critical and analytical lens on the current realm of popular representations of women and work in the frame of neoliberal culture.  It will be immensely useful for teachers and researchers in feminist media studies.”

-Angela McRobbie, Professor Emeritus, Goldsmiths University of London.

 

Women’s Work on Screen: Paid labour and fourth wave feminism sheds new light on the ways in which women’s paid labour is depicted in the contemporary moment. It is a book that is both necessary and vital and unpicks the complexities of how limited and often damaging screen representations are suffused in the contemporary media landscape. A book that is deliberately broad in scope, it is an essential addition to the field.”

-Kirsty Fairclough, Professor of Screen Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University.

 

Editors and Affiliations

  • College of English and Media, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK

    Ellie Tomsett, Poppy Wilde

  • Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

    Nathalie Weidhase

About the editors

Dr Ellie Tomsett is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Birmingham City University, UK.

Dr Nathalie Weidhase is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Surrey, UK.

Dr Poppy Wilde is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Birmingham City University, UK.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Working Women on Screen

  • Book Subtitle: Paid Labour and Fourth Wave Feminism

  • Editors: Ellie Tomsett, Nathalie Weidhase, Poppy Wilde

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in (Re)Presenting Gender

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-49576-2

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-49575-5Published: 20 February 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-49578-6Due: 22 March 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-49576-2Published: 19 February 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2662-9364

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-9372

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 333

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Media and Communication, Screen Studies, Media and Communication

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