Gendered Distinctions

I have a continuing interest in how distinctions between feminism and femininity informs feminist discourse and explore the implications that this has for feminist politics, particularly in relation to popular culture. Other strands of my research examine struggles over the meaning of domestic femininities and masculinities and how they contribute to our understanding of 'home'. My current research focuses on the relationships between feminism and consumption and the potential of consumption practices to challenge forms of inequality.
Selected publications:
Domestic Cultures, Open University Press, 2008.
Feminism in Popular Culture (edited with Rachel Moseley), Berg, 2005
'Feeling Like a Domestic Goddess: Postfeminism and Cooking', European Journal of Cultural Studies, 6(2), 2003: 179-202
'Oliver's Twist: Leisure, Labour and Domestic Masculinity', International Journal of Cultural Studies, 6(2), 2003: 229-248
Feminism, Femininity and Popular Culture, Manchester University Press, 2000

Looking at gender from a broadly feminist perspective, mine and Margie Wetherell's research collaboration has often centred upon the concept of hegemonic masculinity - that dominant sense or understanding of masculinity against which other gender formations (i.e. marginal and subordinate masculinites - as well as feminities) are defined and held in place. In particular our work has looked at the discursive maintenance and manoeuvrings of these positions/ identities. 
 Selected Publications 
 N. Edley & M. Wetherell (1997) ‘Jockeying for Position: the construction of masculine identities’ Discourse and Society 8 (2): 203-17. 
M. Wetherell & N. Edley (1999) ‘Negotiating Hegemonic Masculinity: Imaginary Positions and Psycho-Discursive Practices’. Feminism & Psychology, Vol. 9 (3): 335-356. 
N. Edley (2002) ‘The loner, the walk and the beast within: Narrative fragments in the construction of masculinity’ in W. Patterson (ed.) Strategic Narrative: new perspectives on the power of stories. Oxford: Lexington. (pgs 127-145). 

She was awarded her Ph.D. in 2010 entitled ‘Daughter of Fortune: Isabel Allende’s Popularity from a Readership Perspective’. Her research interests lie in contemporary women’s writing in Spain and Latin American, reading groups and Cultural Studies. She has written on Isabel Allende’s fiction and on issues regarding Allende’s reception transnationally.


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