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By Eugenia Siapera, Joss Hands

In an international more and more characterized by means of perpetual re-invention in the course of the dynamic flows of capital, folks and concepts, knowing swap and transformation is an crucial. the aim of this publication is a primary step in a venture to have interaction the dynamics of transformation on the interface of tradition and politics, via contextualisation, mirrored image and a sharing of highbrow assets. Bringing jointly the paintings of lecturers from quite a number disciplines, who proportion an overarching objective to map such changes, the quantity covers topics starting from pop culture, the net, to movie and cinema. Casting a latest gaze on cultural phenomena, the individuals all search to track trajectories of switch and continuity from inside their very own particular box, utilizing a variety of ways from theoretical mirrored image to empirical case reports. Of basic curiosity to scholars of the arts and social sciences, and of specific curiosity for college kids of cultural reviews and verbal exchange in any respect degrees, this quantity constitutes a distinct chance to mirror on fresh adjustments but in addition at the patience of yes cultural and political practices.

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39 7. Discourses on Gender Bending A. The Celebration of Power: Articulating Fluidity and Transgression. Sofie Van Bauwel 25 So far we have seen that in academic discourse gender bending is considered an act of playing with gender roles, of breaking through the gender boundaries and questioning hegemonic gender discourse. A few scholars have pointed out that especially transvestism ironically reproduces the fixed meanings of masculinity and femininity. A paradigm shift has taken place. Bending gender is a subversive practice stemming from the avant-garde entering popular culture.

The consumerist connotation is not at all far away. The euphoria of gender bending is dangerously entering the discourse of consumerism. Like the grasping of anarchistic street protest as a marketing tool gender bending is incorporated in the market sphere of popular culture. Gender identities are becoming goods to consume. B. Rearticulation: Resistance and the Logics of Incorporation. The resistance of gender benders is seen as related to the concept of bricolage. ”44 Objects, which already carried symbolic meanings, are re-signified in a new context.

As a consensual system of thinking about the world, whereby ideologies are naturalized to appear as common sense by voluntary agreement. Hegemony and power are conceptualised as a matter of persuasion and consent rather than merely as force. Hence power is never secured once and for all. In this paradigm, representation is seen as a key site because of the importance of the power of definition. (Christine Gledhill, “Genre and gender: the case of soap opera” in Representation. Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, ed.

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