The politics of a ‘Poncy Pillowcase’: Migration and borders in Coronation Street

Innes, Alexandria J and Topinka, Robert J (2017) The politics of a ‘Poncy Pillowcase’: Migration and borders in Coronation Street. Politics, 37 (3). pp. 273-287. ISSN 0263-3957

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Abstract

This article examines the ways in which popular culture stages and supplies resources for agency in everyday life, with particular attention to migration and borders. Drawing upon cultural studies, and specific insights originating from the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, we explore how intersectional identities such as race, ethnicity, class, and gender are experienced in relation to the globalisation of culture and identity in a 2007 Coronation Street storyline. The soap opera genre offers particular insights into how agency emerges in everyday life as migrants and locals navigate the forces of globalisation. We argue that a focus on popular culture can mitigate the problem of isolating migrant experiences from local experiences in migrant-receiving areas.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: borders,coronation street,cultural studies,migration,politics
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2016 00:55
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2020 01:04
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/60281
DOI: 10.1177/0263395716675371

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