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Palgrave Macmillan

Media Representations of Footballers' Wives

A Wag's Life

ISBN 9781137335685
Publication Date September 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Since the FIFA World Cup of 2006, footballers' wives have become a staple part of popular British culture, regularly appearing in glossy magazines, the tabloid press, reality shows and documentaries. Jen Bullen provides an analysis of how the media has created an exaggerated and stereotypical 'wag' (wife and girlfriend) figure. Wags are treated like royalty, living in a glamorous and fairy tale world and offering the aspiration of transformation to young women, while elsewhere they are denigrated as pathological and representative of a short-cut culture – gold-digging bimbos undeserving of their fame and fortune and, as such, subjected to symbolic violence based on their class and taste. Bullen examines such representations in relation to class, gender, celebrity and football.

The late Jen Bullen was a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK, between 2006 and 2010.

1. Introduction
2. Framing the wag
3. Methodology
4. Wives in Print
5. Footballers' Wive$ - Fact or Fiction?
6. Auto/biographies – Telling Tales
7. Conclusions – What's in a Name?
Data Sources
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C


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