Thursday, February 2, 2017

Zombies, Migrants, and Queers

Title: Zombies, Migrants, and Queers: Race and Crisis Capitalism in Pop Culture

Author: Camilla Fojas

Genre: Race, LGBTQIA, Sociology, Nonfiction (Adult)

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Where to buy: Amazon

Synopsis: 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.

About the Author: Camilla Fojas teaches in media studies and American studies at the University of Virginia. Her books include Border Bandits: Hollywood on the Southern Frontier and Islands of Empire: Pop Culture and U.S. Power.

Review:  A new and unique look into the financial crisis of the US through a lens everyone can relate to - popular culture. A critical eye of popular TV shows and their deeper representations. Well written and thought provoking.