Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society

Narrating the Global Financial Crisis

Urban Imaginaries and the Politics of Myth

Authors: Meissner, Miriam

  • Examines how specific urban spaces, infrastructures and aesthetics recur in a variety of contemporary crisis films, documentaries, novels and journalistic photography.
  • Maps narrative tropes that shape the cultural imaginary of the global financial crisis and questions the politics of popular crisis discourses.
  • Brings together concepts and methods from cultural, media and communication studies, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, geography and political economy
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This book analyzes how the Global Financial Crisis is portrayed in contemporary popular culture, using examples from film, literature and photography. In particular, the book explores why particular urban spaces, infrastructures and aesthetics – such as skyline shots in the opening credits of financial crisis films – recur in contemporary crisis narratives. Why are cities and finance connected in the cultural imaginary? Which ideologies do urban crisis imaginaries communicate? How do these imaginaries relate to the notion of crisis? To consider these questions, the book reads crisis narratives through the lens of myth. It combines perspectives from cultural, media and communication studies, anthropology, philosophy, geography and political economy to argue that the concept of myth can offer new and nuanced insights into the structure and politics of popular financial crisis imaginaries. In so doing, the book also asks if, how and under what conditions urban crisis imaginaries open up or foreclose systematic and political understandings of the Global Financial Crisis as a symptom of the broader process of financialization. 

About the authors

Miriam Meissner is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. Miriam’s research is about cities and urban cultures, visual culture and critical theory – with a particular focus on financial and ecological crisis discourses and practices. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Myths of Finance and the City

    Meissner, Miriam

    Pages 1-16

  • Mythical Crisis Perspectives

    Meissner, Miriam

    Pages 17-40

  • Setting the Scene: Financial Spaces and Architectures

    Meissner, Miriam

    Pages 41-82

  • Figuring Flows: Urban Transport Myths of Trading

    Meissner, Miriam

    Pages 83-132

  • Dwelling in Times of Financialization: Dreams, Ruins, Escapism

    Meissner, Miriam

    Pages 133-172

Buy this book

eBook £53.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-45411-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £67.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-45410-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Narrating the Global Financial Crisis
Book Subtitle
Urban Imaginaries and the Politics of Myth
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-45411-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-45411-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-45410-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 252
Number of Illustrations and Tables
29 illustrations in colour
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