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Women, anger and emotion management in Love Island

Cossey, Olivia and Martin, Jessica (2021) Women, anger and emotion management in Love Island. Feminist Media Studies. ISSN 1468-0777

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14680777.2021.1980081

Abstract

This paper uses Hochschild’s theory of emotion management as a theoretical framework to interrogate women’s expressions of anger on Love Island. Using both critical discourse and textual analysis, we provide a comprehensive analytical investigation of how anger is shaped across the intersections of gender, race and class, and how it is mediated through the genre of Reality TV. Our findings demonstrate moments in which women on Love Island do not conform to gendered, classed and racialised “rules of emotion”. Rather, we argue that they embody an abject femininity by latently expressing their anger in order to negotiate relational issues of power and subjectivity. We further understand these expressions of anger as demonstrations of female solidarity within Love Island’s strictly heteronormative power structures, which reinforces the notion that anger is a potentially productive entity, and is one that women can mobilise in order to fight oppression (Audre Lorde, 1981). However, our findings also demonstrate that women who express anger continue to be subject to provocation, sanctions and belittlement, both within production and among fellow participants. For women who are Black, and women who are working class, these processes of emotion management have intensified.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/rfms20
Additional Information: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2022 16:21
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2022 08:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/114297

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