Media and social change: class, race, and ethnicity

| January 5, 2016

Media and social change: class, race, and ethnicity
Order Description
This is a media with culture and identity module. Essay Question: “Do we live in a post-class society? Consider this question in the light of any aspect of media coverage and debate about class politics.” Here is the set reading of the topic: Week 6 (AB) What is social class and are we living in a post-class society?
This week will begin to explore this question through a comparison of Engel’s The Condition of the Working Class in England with the documentary film The Condition of the Working Class (2012 O’Neil and Wayne UK).
Set Reading
Engels, F. (1845) http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17306 or from https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/pdf/condition-working-class-england.pdf

Part 2 : What is social class and are we living in a post-class society?

Despite the frequent assertions that class identifications are no longer relevant classed labels continue to be deployed or even re-claimed by individuals,
social groups and in the media. At the very least it could be argued that class continues to be a powerful if fluid label with which to categorise
failing or succeeding citizens in an increasingly competitive culture. This week we will continue to debate the pertinence of speaking about class
and social distinction in the current moment through an examination of labelling and media judgement.
Set Reading
1. Tyler, I. (2008) ‘ “Chav mum, chav scum”: Class disgust in contemporary Britain’, in Feminist Media Studies, vol. 8 no. 2 , June.
2.https://moodle.roehampton.ac.uk/pluginfile.php/212826/mod_resource/content/1/FabianReview2008Summer%20on%20social%20class.pdf
3.https://bobnational.net/site/login/?target=%2Frecord%2F_omIxABsP4mCYIBIqIxIP
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Week 6 (AB) What is social class and are we living in a post-class society?

This week will begin to explore this question through a comparison of Engel’s The Condition of the Working Class in England with the documentary film The Condition of the Working Class (2012 O’Neil and Wayne UK).
Set Reading

Engels, F. (1845) http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17306 or from https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/pdf/condition-working-class-england.pdf
Recommended Reading
Bauman, Z. (1982) Memories of Class: The Pre-history and After-life of Class, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Lovell, T. (2004) ‘Bourdieu, class and gender’: “the return of the living dead”?’ in L. Adkins and B. Skeggs (eds) (2004) Feminism After Bourdieu, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing: 37-56.
Pakulski, J. and Waters, M. (1996) The Death of Class, London: Sage.
Rowbotham, S. and Beynon, H. (eds.) (2001) Looking at Class: Film, Television and the Working Class in Britain, London: Rivers Oram Press
Skeggs, Beverley (2004) Self, Class, Culture, London: Routledge.

Week 8: Part 2 : What is social class and are we living in a post-class society?

Despite the frequent assertions that class identifications are no longer relevant classed labels continue to be deployed or even re-claimed by individuals, social groups and in the media. At the very least it could be argued that class continues to be a powerful if fluid label with which to categorise failing or succeeding citizens in an increasingly competitive culture. This week we will continue to debate the pertinence of speaking about class and social distinction in the current moment.

Set Reading

Tyler, I. (2008) ‘ “Chav mum, chav scum”: Class disgust in contemporary Britain’, in Feminist Media Studies, vol. 8 no. 2 , June.

Recommended Reading

Lawler, S. (2004) ‘Rules of engagement: habitus, power and resistance’ in L. Adkins and B. Skeggs (eds) (2004): 110-128.
Kirk, J. (2007) Class, Culture and Social Change: On the Trail of the Working Class , London: Palgrave.
Mahoney, P. and Zmroczek, C. (eds) (1997) Class Matters: ‘Working-class’ Women’s Perspectives on Social Class, London: Taylor and Francis.

-Please don’t forget quotes and constant references to scholarly articles and books, all to be mentioned in the bibliography.. also revolve the main bodies around your chosen aspect of media coverage and include a debate about class politics.

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