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'We Need to Talk About Family: Essays on Neoliberalism, the Family and Popular Culture' book launch and discussion

students at UEL

UEL academics will discuss the themes of their new book

All are invited to a book launch and discussion for We Need to Talk About Family: Essays on Neoliberalism, The Family and Popular Culture on 2 December at 4pm in Room 4.15, University Square Stratford. 

This collection of essays draws together insights from the disciplines of cultural studies, literary theory, psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies, social policy and sociology in order to explore the complex and contested status of “the family” under neoliberalism. At one end of the spectrum, the intensification of work and the normalisation of long-hours working culture have undermined the time and energy available for private family life. At the other end, the fantasy of the nuclear family as a potential “haven in a heartless world” is rapidly unravelling, supplanted with a hypercompetitive, neo-traditionalist, mobile, neoliberal family seeking to capitalise on the uneven spread of resources in order to maximise the futures of its own children. As neoliberalism has always been split between socio-economic realities and the expectations of where we “should” be, we are always living with the anxiety of being left behind and the hope that the best is yet to come. 

The book is edited by current and former UEL academics Roberta Garrett, Tracey Jensen and Angie Voela.

The launch and discussion will be followed by drinks at the King Edward pub in Stratford at 5:30 pm.

This is a Feminist Research Group event.

Read more about the book here.

The event is free, but RSVPs are requested for catering purposes. Please email Roberta Garrett at or Angie Voela at

Friday, 2 December 2016

University Square Stratford, Room 4.15

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