What’s radical about reality TV? An unexpected tale from Shanghai of a Chinese lesbian antihero

BASSI, Camila (2016). What’s radical about reality TV? An unexpected tale from Shanghai of a Chinese lesbian antihero. Gender, Place & Culture, 23 (11), 1619-1630.

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This article advances a Marxist approach to the contradictory relationship of minority sexuality to capitalist political economy. I use the work of Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci and critical theorist Nancy Fraser to tell a story of an extraordinary momentary opening for a distinct lesbian subculture in Shanghai. This moment was born from a Chinese reality TV show called Super Girl. A radical space for lesbian self-development is shown to have emerged through a relative uncoupling of the social relations of capitalism from political authority. This article warns against an Althusserian tendency within gay political economy and intersectionality analyses which slips into a notion of hegemonic market containment. Instead, a Marxism that is alert to subversive outlets by and for human agency is applied.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/0966369X.2015.1136809
Page Range: 1619-1630
Depositing User: Camila Bassi
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2016 15:47
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:24
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11542

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