By Eugenia Siapera, Joss Hands
In an international more and more characterized through perpetual re-invention during the dynamic flows of capital, people and ideas, knowing swap and transformation is an important. the aim of this publication is a primary step in a undertaking to have interaction the dynamics of transformation on the interface of tradition and politics, via contextualisation, mirrored image and a sharing of highbrow assets. Bringing jointly the paintings of lecturers from various disciplines, who percentage an overarching target to map such variations, the quantity covers subject matters starting from pop culture, the web, to movie and cinema. Casting a latest gaze on cultural phenomena, the individuals all search to track trajectories of swap and continuity from inside of their very own particular box, utilizing a variety of techniques from theoretical mirrored image to empirical case experiences. Of normal curiosity to scholars of the arts and social sciences, and of specific curiosity for college students of cultural reports and conversation in any respect degrees, this quantity constitutes a different chance to mirror on contemporary variations but in addition at the patience of definite cultural and political practices.
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The power referred to here is that which breaks the hegemonic discourse on masculinity and femininity. At least that is what these scholars hope for. The desired result is an effect of empowering the others. Mostly drawn on the theories of active audiences, the concept of resistance was incorporated in the discursive agenda of scholars on gender bending in popular visual culture40. e. the power of creating a plurality of meanings out of a text. Paradoxically these scholars are using the paradigm of the active readings of media texts but the polysemic signifying practices are not taken into account.
It seems that two discourses are active at the same time. There is a potential resistance against a hegemonic gender discourse, but at the same time this resistance is incorporated by a hegemonic consumer culture. Elaborating on this monolithic academic discourse on gender bending, which tends to read the performances of gender benders as resistance through pleasure, questions arise on the discourse of young media consumers concerning gender benders in popular culture. 8. Muted Resistance: Reading Gender Benders How do youngsters read representations of gender bending?
Through this move, power and resistance gained their momentum in this monolithic academic discourse, linked with the academic belief in the forces of marginality. In this romantic turn, these margins of gender identities are deconstructed and represented as resistance and radical social change. Power, resistance and marginality thus become blurred concepts or readily floating signifiers, which allow scholars to formulate their desire for social change. Resisting the gender boundaries seems to be read as the only possible meaning of gender performances.
At the Interface: Continuity and Transformation in Culture and Politics (At the Interface: Probing the Boundaries, 20) by Eugenia Siapera, Joss Hands