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Zombies, migrants, and queers : race and crisis capitalism in pop culture

Author: Camilla Fojas
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The alarm and anxiety unleashed by the Great Recession found fascinating expression across popular culture. Harried survivors negotiated societal collapse in The Walking Dead. Middle-class whites crossed the literal and metaphorical Mexican border on Breaking Bad or coped with a lack of freedom among the marginalized on Orange Is the New Black. Camilla Fojas uses representations of people of color, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fojas, Camilla, 1971-
Zombies, migrants, and queers.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2016045180
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Camilla Fojas
ISBN: 9780252040924 0252040929 9780252082405 0252082400
OCLC Number: 959610831
Description: 172 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: C.R.E.A.M.: capitalism ruins everything around me --
Border absurd: the end-times and the end of the line --
Migrant domestics and the fictions of imperial capitalism --
Zombie capitalism: night of the living debt --
Queer incarcerations --
Sinkholes and seismic shifts: ecological and other disasters --
Imperial ruins and resurgence --
Afterword: Racial capitalism redux.
Responsibility: Camilla Fojas.

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"The alarm and anxiety unleashed by the Great Recession found fascinating expression across popular culture. Harried survivors negotiated societal collapse in The Walking Dead. Middle-class whites crossed the literal and metaphorical Mexican border on Breaking Bad or coped with a lack of freedom among the marginalized on Orange Is the New Black. Camilla Fojas uses representations of people of color, the incarcerated, and trans/queers--vulnerable populations all--to work through the contradictions created by the economic crisis and its freefalling aftermath. Television, film, advertising, and media coverage of the crisis created a distinct kind of story about capitalism and the violence that supports it. Fojas shows how these pop culture moments reshaped social dynamics and people's economic sensibilities and connects the ways pop culture reflected economic devastation. She also examines how these artifacts illuminated parts of society usually kept off-screen or on the margins even as they defaulted to stories of white protagonists. Bold and riveting, Zombies, Migrants, and Queers is an overdue exploration of America's reshuffled capitalism and the stories emerging from within its contradictions and uncertainties" -- From the publisher.
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"Fojas has done it again. With her trademark elegance of prose and sharp cutting cultural critique she slices through those thick layers of capitalist ideology that wrap all variety of popular Read more...

 
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