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Beyond anti-welfarism and feminist social media mud-slinging: Jo Littler interviews Angela McRobbie

Littler, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8496-6192 & McRobbie, A. (2022). Beyond anti-welfarism and feminist social media mud-slinging: Jo Littler interviews Angela McRobbie. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 25(1), pp. 327-334. doi: 10.1177/13675494211036150


In this wide-ranging interview, which took place in spring 2021, Angela McRobbie talks about her work in relation to social politics, the contemporary conjuncture, cultural studies, decolonisation and feminism. Beginning with a discussion on her experience of Covid, it contextualises these reflections through a discussion of anti-welfarism and the scapegoating of dependency, drawing from her new book Feminism and the Politics of Resilience. It moves on to discuss different forms and experiences of feminism: including the neoliberal Anglo-German academic context; the legacies of queer theory and radical feminism; the ‘mud-slinging’ of social media which ‘does not allow us the time and space to rehearse what is really going on’; the need to engage with social policy alongside cultural theory; and the ongoing intersectional work of rewriting the curriculum.

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Publisher Keywords: cultural studies, feminism, neoliberalism, resilience, welfare
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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