Inequality, Poverty and Precarity in Contemporary American Culture

Authors: Lemke, Sieglinde

  • Examines how poverty is portrayed differently within a variety of artistic and journalistic texts
    Introduces a revised version of the concept precarity, which generates a new, unique perspective on poverty within the United States
    Highlights the importance of a more holistic understanding of poverty

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About this book

This book analyzes the discourse generated by pundits, politicians, and artists to examine how poverty and the income gap is framed through specific modes of representation. Set against the dichotomy of the structural narrative of poverty and the opportunity narrative, Lemke's modified concept of precarity reveals new insights into the American situation as well as into the textuality of contemporary demands for equity. Her acute study of a vast range of artistic and journalistic texts brings attention to a mode of representation that is itself precarious, both in the modern and etymological sense, denoting both insecurity and entreaty. With the keen eye of a cultural studies scholar her innovative book makes a necessary contribution to academic and popular critiques of the social effects of neoliberal capitalism.

About the authors

Sieglinde Lemke is Senior Professor of English at the University of Freiburg, Germany and a permanent Fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University, USA. She is the author of Primitivist-Modernism: Black Origins of Transatlantic Modernism (1996) and Vernacular Matters in American Literature (Palgrave, 2010). She received her PhD from the Free University of Berlin, Germany.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lemke, Sieglinde

    Pages 1-28

  • Discourse: The Great Inequality Debate

    Lemke, Sieglinde

    Pages 29-60

  • The Documentary: Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed and David Shipler’s The Working Poor

    Lemke, Sieglinde

    Pages 61-84

  • The Icon: Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother

    Lemke, Sieglinde

    Pages 85-105

  • The Precarious Gaze: Contemporary Documentary Photography by Jeff Wall and Tom Stone

    Lemke, Sieglinde

    Pages 107-133

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59701-4
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $100.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60341-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inequality, Poverty and Precarity in Contemporary American Culture
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59701-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59701-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60341-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 176
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
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