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dc.contributor.authorKenny, Kate
dc.contributor.authorBell, Emma
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-25T16:15:58Z
dc.date.available2019-03-25T16:15:58Z
dc.date.issued2014-06-25
dc.identifier.citationKenny, Kate, & Bell, Emma. (2014). Irony as Discipline: Self-Help and Gender in the Knowledge Economy. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, 21(4), 562-584. doi: 10.1093/sp/jxu012en_IE
dc.identifier.issn1468-2893
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/15048
dc.description.abstractIn this article, we explore the role of self-help literature within the knowledge economy. We point to the recent growth of ironic humour within such texts, and examine how this operates to construct gendered and embodied subjectivities that position women according to a masculine gaze. Drawing on empirical data from self-help books for career women published between 1997 and 2007, we analyse the styles of embodiment that these texts promote. We find that career women are encouraged to maintain a stance of constant attention to themselves and their bodily presentations, a position that is in line with wider cultural features of contemporary knowledge economy working. We note that ironic humour is deployed in ways that subtly reinforce existing gender relations within contemporary organizations. Our article contributes to debates on subjectivity within the knowledge economy; while scholars have pointed to an increasing normative emphasis on embodied performances, we provide insights into the mechanisms by which this occurs, with a specific focus upon the growing genre of self-help literature and its recent shift to ironic humour.en_IE
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dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_IE
dc.relation.ispartofSocial Politicsen
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/
dc.subjectSelf-helpen_IE
dc.subjectGenderen_IE
dc.subjectKnowledge economyen_IE
dc.titleIrony as discipline: Self-help and gender in the knowledge economyen_IE
dc.typeArticleen_IE
dc.date.updated2019-03-22T13:54:14Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/sp/jxu012
dc.local.publishedsourcehttps://doi.org/10.1093/sp/jxu012en_IE
dc.description.peer-reviewedpeer-reviewed
dc.internal.rssid15694181
dc.local.contactKate Kenny, Je Cairnes School Of Business An, Nui Galway, University Road, Galway. 3472 Email: kate.kenny@nuigalway.ie
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