Thinking Gender in Transnational Times

Narratives of Difference in an Age of Austerity

Authors: Gedalof, Irene

  • Traces the production of narratives across the Conservative legislative and policy agenda 
  • Presents an intersectional analysis focusing on policy framing of family, welfare, equality, localism, marriage, migration integration  
  • Contends that these policy narratives expose a shift in the discursive ground upon which issues of social difference and inequality have been debated
  • Exposes the broader shifts that have transformed the terms in which difference and inequality are debated in contemporary politics
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​This book traces the narrative strategies framing austerity policies through an illuminating analysis of policy documents and political discourses, exposing the political consequences for women, racialized minorities and disabled people. While many have critiqued the ways in which austerity has captured the contemporary political narrative, this is the first book to systematically examine how these narratives work to shift the terms within which policy debates about inequality and difference play out. Gedalof’s exceptional readings of these texts pay close attention to the formal qualities of these narratives: the chronologies they impose, their articulation of crisis and resolution, the points of view they construct and the affective registers they deploy. In this manner she argues persuasively that the differences of gender, race, ethnicity and disability have been stitched into the fabric of austerity as excesses that must be disavowed, as reproductive burdens that are too great for the austere state to bear. This innovative, intersectional analysis will appeal to students and scholars of social policy, gender studies, politics and public policy.


About the authors

Irene Gedalof is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at London Metropolitan University and a member of the Feminist Review editorial collective. 

Reviews

“An urgent reminder of how policy seeks to make us 'feel' - and feel that there is no way out from inequality and injustice. The narrative of austerity may be changing, but the technique remains. Read this to understand how popular emotion can become a tool of the state, because if we see it we can change it.” (Gargi Bhattacharyya, author of Crisis, Austerity and Everyday Life, Professor of Sociology, University of East London, UK)

“Applying techniques of narrative analysis to policy documents and the legislative agenda of the Conservative-led Coalition government, this innovative text provides an intricate, penetrating and incisive investigation into the ways in which political discourse sets the terms for broader socio-political, economic and cultural debates about difference and (in)equality. Critical analysis at its best.” (Avtar Brah, Professor Emerita of Sociology, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Narrative, Difference, Austerity

    Gedalof, Irene

    Pages 1-26

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  • Turning Around Equalities

    Gedalof, Irene

    Pages 27-52

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  • Doing the Right Thing: Welfare Reform welfare reform Narratives and the Crafting of Consent

    Gedalof, Irene

    Pages 53-81

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  • Work Yourself Better: The Disabled Person as Benefit Scrounger

    Gedalof, Irene

    Pages 83-110

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  • Social Justice™(DWP) and the Trouble with Families

    Gedalof, Irene

    Pages 111-140

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-40064-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Narratives of Difference in an Age of Austerity
Authors
Series Title
Thinking Gender in Transnational Times
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-40065-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-40065-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-40064-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 230
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