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Lecture 12

Lecture 12 - Gender and Race: Identity Politics in Popular Culture

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University of Toronto Mississauga
Linda Mc Nenly

The Cool Culture Soul Machine: The Anthropology of Everyday Life Lecture 12 – June 17, 2013 Gender and Race: Identity Politics in Popular Culture Continuation from Lecture 11… Minaj’s View Cont… Empowering - Plays with diverse personas and combines them (postmodern) o Audience recognizing she IS playing with different personas, revealing the constructed nature of identities o Her fragmented, Barbie, gendered, and sexualized performances challenge ideas of what is “natural” and “ideal” o Identity: malleable and unfixed - Debate is complex with shades of gray, fine line between empowerment and perpetuating dominant discourses of gender Postmodernism and Performativity: Nicki Minaj meets Judith Butler Nicki Minaj’s playful pastiche performances and postmodernism: - Self-conscious performance in playful or overtly exaggerated way – draws attention to the constructed nature of gender roles o Subversive performance undercuts the authority of the dominant system it represents o By actually performing these stereotypes, it serves to challenge the dominant system at the sam
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