Show simple item record Brayton, Sean 2016-07-04T23:33:17Z 2016-07-04T23:33:17Z 2012
dc.identifier.citation Brayton, S. (2012). Working stiff(s) on reality television during the Great Recession. Societies, 2, 235-251. doi:10.3390/soc2040235 en_US
dc.description Open access en_US
dc.description.abstract This essay traces some of the narratives and cultural politics of work on reality television after the economic crash of 2008. Specifically, it discusses the emergence of paid labor shows like Ax Men, Black Gold and Coal and a resurgent interest in working bodies at a time when the working class in the US seems all but consigned to the dustbin of history. As an implicit response to the crisis of masculinity during the Great Recession these programs present an imagined revival of manliness through the valorization of muscle work, which can be read in dialectical ways that pivot around the white male body in peril. In Ax Men, Black Gold and Coal, we find not only the return of labor but, moreover, the re-embodiment of value as loggers, roughnecks and miners risk both life and limb to reach company quotas. Paid labor shows, in other words, present a complicated popular pedagogy of late capitalism and the body, one that relies on anachronistic narratives of white masculinity in the workplace to provide an acute critique of expendability of the body and the hardships of physical labor. en_US
dc.language.iso en_CA en_US
dc.publisher M D P I A G en_US
dc.subject Reality television en_US
dc.subject Masculinity en_US
dc.subject Working-class bodies en_US
dc.subject Labor en_US
dc.subject Late capitalism en_US
dc.title Working stiff(s) on reality television during the Great Recession en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US

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