Lifestyle Precarity and Creative Class Affirmation in Girls

  • Eric C. Erbacher


Lena Dunham’s highly acclaimed primetime cable TV production Girls centers on the precarious state of US-America’s young urban middle-class. With its portraits of struggling twenty-something female urbanites in New York, the series not only updates the glamorous Sex and the City, but more importantly illustrates the neoliberalization of everyday life in a creative economy driven by the mandate of (self-)exploitation. Eric C. Erbacher deconstructs the conventional social stratification model by showing how Girls’ socially privileged protagonists are torn between their aspirational claims to the creative class and their lower-class position as exploited members of the creative precariat. To the critical beholder, Girls offers more than light entertainment with a postfeminist twist, it reveals the emotional costs members of the creative class face in recessionary USA.


Cultural Capital Creative Work Creative Class Creative Economy Female Protagonist 
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  • Eric C. Erbacher
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  1. 1.University of MünsterMünsterGermany

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