Joke Hermes

Joke Hermes
Hogeschool Inholland · Research Group for Media Culture and Citizenship

PhD

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The global reality of the COVID-19/Corona pandemic paradoxically boosted national politics, broadcasting and citizenship. Media coverage, especially initially, praised citizen solidarity and the creative solutions that were pioneered to care for each other. A year later, a lasting social learning curve throughout and after this crisis seems illusor...
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This article starts from the observation that popular culture resides in a contradictory space. On the one hand it seems to be thriving, in that the range of media objects that were previously studied under the rubric of popular culture has certainly expanded. Yet, cultural studies scholars rarely study these media objects as popular culture. Inste...
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Fear needs dealing with. Fear demands to be abated, countered or turned into something else, contributing and curtailing how we ‘do’ being human beings. This special issue of the European Journal of Cultural Studies addresses fear within media and popular culture, adopting a cultural studies approach to fear in a variety of socio-cultural and polit...
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Drag culture in the 1990s seemed to signify emancipation and liberation of enduring and stifling definitions of gender and sexuality. The uptake of drag and camp in mainstream culture were felt to usher in an era of gender freedom coinciding with new appreciation for popular cultural forms. A quarter century on, popular culture no longer connotes b...
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I would probably not have gone to the first Crossroads conference had Pertti Alasuutari not invited Ann Gray and myself to discuss starting a journal. The invitation itself had come by email—this at a time when we had only just started using personal computers that had online access. To receive email could make my day, and Pertti’s mail rates among...
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The moment of casting is a crucial one in any media production. Casting the ‘right’ person shapes the narrative as much as the way in which the final product might be received by critics and audiences. For this article, casting—as the moment in which gender is hypervisible in its complex intersectional entanglement with class, race and sexuality—wi...
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This is the introduction to a special issue on media and transgression, one of early cultural studies’ key terms. It inquires into the uses of transgression as a critical concept to query contemporary media culture which is discussed in six case studies: on political satire, Mukbang, cult drama, the policing of film piracy, media scandals, and onli...
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From the early 2000s onward the Netherlands has witnessed unexpected and unprecedented polarization. Right-wing populist activism challenged the right of newcomers to belong in Dutch society. Coinciding with this populist swing, participatory media (web communities such as Marokko.nl, blog sites such as GeenStijl – which translates as ‘BadForm’ – a...
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In 2017, BBC released a video revealing that Jodie Whittaker would be the actor to play the thirteenth Doctor in the 2018 season of Doctor Who (1963–), the popular BBC television series. The “reveal” that a woman had been cast in the role of the Doctor prompted an overwhelming backlash and fierce online discussion. The same period saw a number of p...
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Skyler White is a protagonist in the top-ranking television series Breaking Bad. She is also one of the most hated characters on television. This paper focuses on how the character of Skyler and Anna Gunn – the actor that plays her – are turned into a ‘composite celebrity’ in audience discussions. This is achieved by analysing threads on the social...
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Twenty years of the European Journal of Cultural Studies is a cause for celebration. We do so with a festive issue that comes together with our first free open access top articles in three areas that readers have sought us out for: postfeminism, television beyond textual analysis and cultural labour in the creative industries. The issue opens with...
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The new precariat or free agents? Two powerful stories dominate discussion of labour in what are now called the creative industries. A policy invention, the creative industries in the Netherlands combine media, the arts, cultural heritage and creative business services as a new top sector, expected to boost the national income. A large number of wo...
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Forceful debate has erupted in the Netherlands over the celebration of Sinterklaas in the 2010s. Sinterklaas festivities revolve around December 5 and the giving of presents, mostly to children. The debate centres around the figure of Sinterklaas’s helper Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). While an object of criticism for its implied racism (Zwarte Piet spo...
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This chapter explores what celebrities may do for us when we are not especially aware of them, combining the work Dutch popular culture and everyday media use, using the prerogative of the long-term media researcher who aims to theorize from empirical material. The chapter first introduces and explores the place and meaning of the precelebrity medi...
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In this introduction to the themed section on ‘Labour and passion’, it is argued that work has bled into all areas of life. Political economists and media production researchers have shown how both paid and unpaid labour are singularly important and build upon one another. The set of articles presented here is the precursor to a general issue on Me...
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Recent developments certainly seem to warrant a new or extended framework to understand television, but is this true for everyday talk of television? Reservations may well be in order when theorizing how audiences make sense of television. Existing frameworks might still be useful there. Although practices of use are changing, how television is und...
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Audience studies is not the vibrant field it was in its 1980s and early 1990s heyday. Cultural studies today has a more balanced interest in production, audiences and texts. A renewed focus in audience studies on everyday meaning production, identity and relations of power could benefit from recent developments. Theorization of power especially has...
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Popular culture has been suggested as an important resource for the performance of cultural citizenship (Hermes, 2005; Morley, 2006). In this paper, we address this suggestion by investigating how multicultural television drama may be used to build connections and strengthen civic culture in multicultural societies. We base our argument on a large...
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This article discusses a participant design research project. The project aimed to provide information about sex and sexuality to groups considered to be vulnerable due to lack of knowledge and cultural barriers. The researchers worked with their students (from highly diverse cultural background) to gather interview material that in turn was used b...
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Audience research, this paper suggests, is an excellent field to test the claims of Media Studies 2.0. Moreover, 2.0 claims are a good means to review qualitative audience research itself too. Working from a broad strokes analysis of the theory, politics and method of interpretative research with audiences, it is argued that the new media ecology d...
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Een vergelijkend onderzoek naar de beeld- en meningsvorming van Nederlandse leraren over hun beroep en de beeld- en meningsvorming over leraren in voorlichtingscampagnes van de overheid.
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In this introduction, game studies is argued to be a force of innovation for cultural studies. While game studies, as is has developed over the last 10 years, fits well within cultural studies' methodology and theory, it does more than benefit from cultural studies as a 'mother discipline'. Game studies proves itself to be a strong force, especiall...
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In this introduction, game studies is argued to be a force of innovation for cultural studies. While game studies, as it has developed over the last 10 years, fits well within cultural studies' methodology and theory, it does more than benefit from cultural studies as a 'mother discipline'. Game studies proves itself to be a strong force, especiall...
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Powerful Informants and Field RelationsAudience Research versus Textual AnalysisMasculinity and the Media TextConclusion References
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Modernism, popular culture, and genderPostmodernism and gender in the popular culture projectToward a new understanding of popular culture
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On irritationMasculinity and the textMethodology and understanding popular culture
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Dutch football and the Surinamese legionEthnographyFan involvement as citizenship
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Dutch police seriesInternational crime fictionPractices of representation and the reader
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The citizenship qualities of popular cultureFreedom and strictureThe politics of self-formationDefining cultural citizenship in relation to popular cultureUsable stories, fictional rehearsal, and working throughRegarding methodPopular culture as (revolutionary)forceThe chapters to follow
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Everyday feminism, the interpretive community, and cultural citizenshipA “good” detective novel and the ideal reader: the ambiguous status of the detective novelCultural citizenship and crime fiction reading
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Huwelijks- en opvoedingsproblemen, het singlebestaan beu, testen of je relatie tegen een stootje kan... voor elk probleem is er wel een televisieprogramma. Hoe emancipatoir is het vrouwbeeld dat eruit naar voren komt?
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A Modernist TaleThe New Audience Research: A Key ExampleTowards A Postmodern Understanding of Reception AnalysisRecent Audience Studies: Establishing A TraditionImplicit Paternalism: The Continuing Story of the Feminist Roots of Reception ResearchPossibilities for Future Research
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Stereotyping is not always a bad thing in media content. Audience members can and will say that they don't mind stereotypes because they at least represent their own group recognizably while it is otherwise so markedly absent in media content. Such remarks need to be understood as part of informant strategies in interviews. While stereotypes in the...
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This article proposes that paying attention to popular cultural practice will benefit “cultural citizenship” and, in turn, the vitality of the public sphere. Although popular culture in Habermassian terms does not fully qualify as a lifeworld domain, the enthusiasm of its users is a strong point to its advantage. Otherwise “ordinary people” hardly...
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New information and communication technologies (ICTs) have allowed for changes in media content and in practices of media reception. How these changes have impacted on practices of citizenship, is the key question for this article. It starts by showing how notions of citizenship are closely related to public opinion formation, which, in turn is fel...
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This issue of European Journal of Cultural Studies makes a bold state- ment. It presents six widely differing articles as indicative of how we might (re)think citizenship in terms of cultural studies. The articles use various traditions as their points of departure, including political phil- osophy, sociology of news, gender studies and theories of...
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The Dutch police series is a new TV drama genre in the Netherlands. During the last five years, several broadcasters have aired new domestic police series, leading the sub-genre to gain a stable position in the prime-time television schedules. This paper analyses the major transitions that have led to the prevalence of Dutch police series: the shif...
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The Dutch tend to see themselves as a tolerant and antiracist nation, despite frequent evidence to the contrary. One area in cultural life that is both a site of stardom for nonwhite Dutch and a site of extreme racism and prejudice is popular sports and especially football (or soccer). Games played by the national soccer team are major events, in p...
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Re-reading Popular Culture is an entertaining investigation of the meanings and value of popular culture today. It explores the theme of cultural citizenship by combining textual analysis and media reception theory to analyze popular culture. Includes such contemporary issues as the rewriting of masculinity after the success of feminism, and the la...
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Janet Staiger _Perverse Spectators: The Practices of Film Reception_ New York and London: New York University Press, 2000 ISBN 0-8147-8139-X 242 pp.
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Cultural studies has put forward the view that television publics are active rather than passive. The television screen can never dictate identity construction even if surely it plays a role in who we feel we are. Internet response to television is used in this article to reconstruct how post-feminist television series such as "Ally McBeal" and "Se...
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This is a case study of reading detective fiction which argues that different types of methodological and theoretical questions about relations with informants have not been raised sufficiently often in feminist audience studies or have been lost from its research agenda. They are: how to approach the culturally well established?, what is the place...
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Based on interviews with 19 readers (15 women, 4 men) of detective fiction (broadly defined as crime novels with a central role for the investigator of the crime, whether a professional or an amateur), I aim to investigate both the practice of reading detective fiction and its possible wider ramifications. In particular I am interested in whether a...
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The feminist monthly Opzij is the only general audience feminist publication in the Netherlands. Its readership is growing steadily. Because there are few studies of feminist magazines or their readership and because of the monopoly held by the magazine, the authors decided to research both the reception and content of Opzij, focusing on how femini...

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