Contemporary Culture and the Undoing of Feminism: Review of Angela McRobbie's The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change
A couple of times a year (usually around International Women’s Day or the latest gender controversy) there’ll be a journalist on the phone, asking me, ‘where is feminism now?’ Angela McRobbie’s The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change provides the perfect answer, though one that probably won’t be dutifully reported in the pages of the Courier Mail. McRobbie has always been a preeminent figure in feminist cultural studies, and this work highlights her continuing importance. Indeed, The Aftermath of Feminism reminds us of the power of feminist cultural studies to explain what’s going on, whether this is in the media, popular culture, everyday life, governmentality, the corporate world, or their interrelationships. And McRobbie’s diagnosis of ‘a social and cultural landscape which could be called post‐feminist’ is uncompromising, far‐reaching in scope, and deeply disturbing.
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