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The power of vulnerability : mobilising affect in feminist, queer and anti-racist media cultures

Edited book
Authors Anu Koivunen
Katariina Kyrölä
Ingrid Ryberg
ISBN 978-1-5261-3312-0
Publisher Manchester University Press
Place of publication Manchester
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Language en
Links https://www.manchesteropenhive.com/
Subject categories Gender Studies, Studies on Film, Cultural Studies, Aesthetics

Abstract

The power of vulnerability interrogates the new language of vulnerability that has emerged in feminist, queer and anti-racist debates about the production, use and meanings of media. The book investigates the historical legacies and contemporary forms and effects of this language. In today’s media culture, traumatic first-person or group narratives have popular currency, mobilising affect from compassion to rage to gain cultural visibility and political advantage. In this context, vulnerability becomes a kind of capital, a resource or an asset that can and has been appropriated for various groups and purposes in public discourses, activism as well as cultural institutions. Thus, politics of representation translates into politics of affect, and the question about whose vulnerability counts as socially and culturally legible and acknowledged. The contributors of the book examine how vulnerability has become a battleground; how affect and vulnerability have turned into a politicised language for not only addressing but also obscuring asymmetries of power; and how media activism and state policies address so-called vulnerable groups. While the contributors investigate the political potential as well as the constraints of vulnerability for feminist, queer and antiracist criticism, they also focus on the forms of agency and participation vulnerability can offer.

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