This timely book examines austerity's conflicted meanings, from austerity chic and anti-austerity protest to economic and eco-austerity. Bramall's compelling text explores the presence and persuasiveness of the past, developing a new approach to the historical in contemporary cultural politics.
Rebecca Bramall teaches media and cultural studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton, UK.
Contents List of Figures Acknowledgements 1. Introduction: Austere times 2. On being 'inside' austerity: austerity chic, consumer culture and anti-austerity protest 3. The past in the present: history, memory, ideology and discourse 4. Dig for victory! Eco-austerity, sustainability and new historical subjectivities 5. The state of austerity: governance, welfare and the people 6. Turning back time: feminism, domesticity and austere femininities 7. Afterword: austerity and after Notes Bibliography Index