Gender and Popular Culture: Identity Constructions and Representations

Edited by Kusha Tiwari, this recently released collection of essays explores contemporary reflections on interactions between gender and culture. The 11 contributions focus on varied dimensions of popular culture that define, interpret, validate, interrogate and rupture gender conventions.

There are discussions on how children react to gender expectations and how this reaction is reflected in their activities like drawing and games. There are also investigations of films, female bodybuilding in the USA, transgender identity in Greek and Indian mythology, and women breaking glass ceilings and pioneering social movements in developing countries like India.

Specific chapters are devoted to British TV series and Hindi films that address issues related to masculinity. Essays on challenges that women face in the corporate world and the real world of social inequalities, especially in developing countries, give this volume a rich thematic diversity. The collection will be of interest to literary critics, film critics, gender studies scholars, and poets.

You can read an extract from the introduction below:

 “The volume as a whole looks into the issues of created identity perceptions in mass media, social media, new media, films, advertisements, daily soaps, songs, the corporate world, and mythology. In the present times, when our physical reality and identity are intricately connected with multiple virtual identities that we embrace through WhatsApp, Facebook, or Twitter, it becomes all the more important for us to understand that it is we who are contributing to the stereotyping of identities, as we are both the producers as well as consumers of popular gender practices.

The volume engages with the ideas around the performative aspects of gender and its political implications and outcomes. The articles in this volume also raise the point of how we need to further our understanding of issues where greater and coordinated actions at the global level are needed to rise up and speak against any kind of oppression and discrimination related to race, class, community, and gender, so as to facilitate and develop a world without pain, agony, and violence.”

About the editor:

Kusha Tiwari is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Shyam Lal College of the University of Delhi, India. She received her PhD from Jamia Millia Islamia, India. Her publications include the books Narrative of Liberation: Reading Nadine Gordimer’s Post-apartheid Fiction (2015), Critical Perspectives on Toni Morrison (2018), and Towards a Sustainable Future: Cross-cultural Strategies, Practices and Advancements (2019). Her academic specialties and research interests are postcolonial studies, South African literature, gender and transgender studies, and cross-cultural communication. Kusha is also a member of our Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Board.

To read a longer extract or to purchase your copy of the book, you can visit its page on our website.


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