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Free Market Feminism New Labour and the Cultural Meaning of the TV Blonde

McRobbie, Angela. 2000. Free Market Feminism New Labour and the Cultural Meaning of the TV Blonde. In: Greg Philo and David Miller, eds. Market Killing: What the free market does and what social scientists can do about it. Essex: Longman, pp. 140-151. ISBN 978-0582382367 [Book Section]

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This book shows how the release of the free market in the last part of the twentieth century produced a rise in inequality and violence, the development of a huge criminal economy and the degradation of social and cultural life.

It questions the silence of academics in the face of these changes and asks how much they have been incorporated into the priorities of commerce and governments. Many academics in the social sciences, media and cultural studies have avoided critical issues and become occupied in obscure theoretical debates such as post-modernism. The effect was to draw inellectuals and students away from the engaged and empirical work needed to identify key social problems and possibilities for change.

The authors of this book point to the need for independent research which can criticise political policies and reveal their effects. They show, for example, why contemporary policies on drugs and education are creating more problems than they solve. The book features contributions from a wide range of academic disciplines including mass communications, sociology, politics, geography, philosophy and economics, and points to new directions for radical science. It also examines the possibilities for a free and democratic media and calls for the development of critical and open debate.

Item Type:

Book Section

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media, Communications and Cultural Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
2000Published

Item ID:

14541

Date Deposited:

26 Oct 2015 17:55

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 14:44

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/14541

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