Class and UK film and television: representation, neo-liberalism, inequality

Baldwin, Jon (2023) Class and UK film and television: representation, neo-liberalism, inequality. Journal of Class & Culture, 2 (2). pp. 119-128. ISSN 2634-1131


An editorial on the journal’s Special Issue on class and UK film and television. Three areas are considered to be problematic for the working classes: representation, neo-liberalism and industry inequality. These themes are discussed with commentaries on the articles. The editorial introduces the volume’s considerations of representation of class in the tradition of British social realism, the state of the nation, and the intersections of class and gender. The growth of neo-liberalism is considered within heritage texts, taste and identity, the body, surveillance capital and policing, and the curation of public art. Working-class film production and inequality in the screen industry is discussed, and the commentaries end announcing reviews of the working practices of Ken Loach and the British gangster genre.

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