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Narrating the Global Financial Crisis: Urban Imaginaries and the Politics of Myth (Hardcover)
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Miriam Meissner is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. Miriam’s research is about cities and urban cultures, visual culture and critical theory – with a particular focus on financial and ecological crisis discourses and practices. 

Using examples from film, literature and photography, this book analyzes how the Global Financial Crisis is portrayed in contemporary popular culture. In particular, the book explores why particular urban spaces, infrastructures and aesthetics – such as skyline shots in the opening credits of financial crisis films – recur in contemporary crisis narratives. Why are cities and finance connected in the cultural imaginary? Which ideologies do urban crisis imaginaries communicate? And, how do these imaginaries relate to the notion of crisis? 

To consider these questions, the book reads crisis narratives through the lens of myth. It combines perspectives from cultural, media and communication studies, anthropology, philosophy, geography and political economy to argue that the concept of myth can offer new and nuanced insights into the structure and politics of popular financial crisis imaginaries. 

In so doing, the book also asks if, how and under what conditions urban crisis imaginaries open up or foreclose systematic and political understandings of the Global Financial Crisis as a symptom of the broader process of financialization. 

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ISBN 9783319454108
Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
Format Hardcover
Publisher Date 2017-05-09 00:00:00.0
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Year 2017
Height 8.27 in
Wdth 5.83 in
Language English
Subtitle Urban Imaginaries and the Politics of Myth
Series Name Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society
Audience College/higher education
Authors Meissner, Miriam
Country of Origin United States
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