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The politics of a ‘Poncy Pillowcase’: Migration and borders in Coronation Street’

Innes, A. J. ORCID: 0000-0002-0100-8990 and Topinka, R. J. (2017). The politics of a ‘Poncy Pillowcase’: Migration and borders in Coronation Street’. Politics, 37(3), pp. 273-287. doi: 10.1177/0263395716675371

Abstract

This article examines the ways in which popular culture stages and supplies resources for agency in everyday life, with particular attention to migration and borders. Drawing upon cultural studies, and specific insights originating from the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, we explore how intersectional identities such as race, ethnicity, class, and gender are experienced in relation to the globalisation of culture and identity in a 2007 Coronation Street storyline. The soap opera genre offers particular insights into how agency emerges in everyday life as migrants and locals navigate the forces of globalisation. We argue that a focus on popular culture can mitigate the problem of isolating migrant experiences from local experiences in migrant-receiving areas.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Innes, A. J. and Topinka, R. J., The politics of a ‘Poncy Pillowcase’: Migration and borders in Coronation Street’, Politics (37(3)) pp. 273-287. Copyright © 2017 the authors. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0263395716675371
Publisher Keywords: borders, Coronation Street, cultural studies, migration, politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2020 13:50
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/25110
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