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Postcolonial girl:mediated intimacy and migrant audibility

Tyler, Imogen and Gill, Rosalind (2013) Postcolonial girl:mediated intimacy and migrant audibility. Interventions: International Journal of Post-Colonial Studies, 15 (1). pp. 78-94. ISSN 1369-801X

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Abstract

In October 2010, Gamu Nhengu, a Zimbabwean teenager, was ejected from the popular British reality TV talent show, The X Factor, on which she was a contestant. There was a public backlash to what many perceived was an unjust eviction. Within days, however, Gamu became the emblem of a contrasting kind of eviction campaign, when it was revealed that she and her family were living illegally in Britain. `Gamu-gate`, as the case was named in the press, animated a wave of public anger and resistance, as the stakes were raised from eviction from a TV talent show to deportation from the UK. In this paper we explore ‘Gamu Gate’, as a way of thinking about postcolonial intimacies. We do this by setting out three key notions: the notion of mediated intimacy, the notion of postcolonial girlhood, and the idea of migrant audibility. Our aim is to explore the political possibilities of the ‘affective surplus’ produced by `postcolonial girls’—that is, how as `manufactured intimates’ they potentially create avenues for new forms of post-colonial migrant audibility, forms which might trouble the ‘current emergencies’ and neo-colonial logic of neoliberal capitalism.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Interventions: International Journal of Post-Colonial Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: postcolonial ; celebrity ; intimacy ; affect ; Gamu ; xfactor ; aesthetics ; Ranciere ; Neoliberalism ; girlhood ; racism ; deportation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 55397
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 25 Jun 2012 13:08
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 15:48
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55397

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