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Professor Jayne Raisborough

About Professor Jayne Raisborough

Jayne Raisborough asks how media representations and mediated cultures relate to ‘citizenship’, identities, and our feeling about our selves and bodies. She explores how old, fat and marginalized selves appear as trouble to argue that these representations matter to our well-being, health, our relations to each other and to the environment.


Research Interests

Jayne Raisborough’s work broadly focuses on two questions: who can we be and how can we live in prevailing socio-economic contexts? These questions are explored across a range of journal articles and her most recent books: Lifestyle Media and the Formation of the Self (2011 Palgrave) and Fat Bodies, Health and the Media (2016 Palgrave). She has explored, published and taught on media/ cultural representations of social class, gender, ethical consumption, litter and more recently anti-ageing and women’s gun ownership. While these sites are diverse, they each represent specific manifestations of ‘responsiblised’ citizenship and allow insight into a cultural shaping of new subjectivities. She is interested in what is enabled and enacted through this responsiblization and shaping - particularly because these activities relate to prevailing neoliberal rationalities.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (17)

  • Raisborough J; Ogden C; de Guzman V (2018), When fat meets disability in poverty porn: exploring the cultural mechanisms of suspicion in Too Fat to Work. Disability and Society
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  • Murray L; Raisborough J; Monson K (2018), Underground tales, overground lives: mobile work identities through to post-retirement. Applied Mobilities
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  • Raisborough J; Barnes M; Henwood F; Ward L (2014), Stretching middle age: the lessons and labours of active ageing in the makeover show. Media, Culture and Society, vol. 36 (8), p. 1069-1083.
  • Raisborough J (2014), Why we should be watching more trash TV: Exploring the value of an analysis of the makeover show to fat studies scholars. Fat Studies, vol. 3 (2), p. 155-165.
  • Frith H; Raisborough J; Klein O (2014), Shame and pride in how to look good naked. Feminist Media Studies, vol. 14 (2), p. 165-177.
  • Raisborough J; Frith H; Klein O (2013), Media and Class-making: What Lessons Are Learnt When a Celebrity Chav Dies?. Sociology, vol. 47 (2), p. 251-266.
  • Frith H; Raisborough J; Klein O (2013), Making death 'good': Instructional tales for dying in newspaper accounts of Jade Goody's death. Sociology of Health and Illness, vol. 35 (3), p. 419-433.
  • Adams M; Raisborough J (2011), Encountering the Fairtrade Farmer: Solidarity, Stereotypes and the Self-Control Ethos. Papers on Social Representations, vol. 20 (1), p. 8.1-8.22.
  • Adams M; Raisborough J (2011), The self-control ethos and the 'chav': Unpacking cultural representations of the white working class. Culture and Psychology, vol. 17 (1), p. 81-97.
  • Frith H; Raisborough J; Klein O (2010), C'mon girlfriend: Sisterhood, sexuality and the space of the benign in makeover TV. International Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 13 (5), p. 471-489.
  • Adams M; Raisborough J (2010), Making a difference: Ethical consumption and the everyday. British Journal of Sociology, vol. 61 (2), p. 256-274.
  • Adams M; Raisborough J (2008), What can sociology say about FairTrade?: Class, reflexivity and ethical consumption. Sociology, vol. 42 (6), p. 1165-1182.
  • Raisborough J; Adams M (2008), Mockery and morality in popular cultural representations of the white, working class. Sociological Research Online, vol. 13 (6)
  • Raisborough J (2007), Gender and serious leisure careers: A case study of women sea cadets. Journal of Leisure Research, vol. 39 (4), p. 686-704.
  • Raisborough J; Bhatti M (2007), Women's leisure and auto/biography: Empowerment and resistance in the garden. Journal of Leisure Research, vol. 39 (3), p. 459-476.
  • Raisborough J (2006), Getting onboard: Women, access and serious leisure. Sociological Review, vol. 54 (2), p. 242-262.
  • Raisborough J (1999), Research note: the concept of serious leisure and women's experiences of the Sea Cadet Corps. Leisure Studies, vol. 18 (1), p. 67-71.

Books (3)

Chapters (6)

  • Raisborough J (2013) Solutions and productions: the fat body in weight-loss shows and ideal personhood. In: Raisborough J Corporeality The Body and Society. : University of Chester, pp. .
  • Raisborough J (2008) Contexts of choice: The risky business of elective cosmetic surgery. In: Raisborough J Risk, Identities and the Everyday. : , pp. 19-35.
  • Jones JS; Raisborough J (2008) Introduction: Situating risk in the everyday. In: Jones JS; Raisborough J Risk, Identities and the Everyday. : , pp. 1-18.
  • Raisborough J (2007) Enduring Echoes: Feminism, Marxism and the Reflexive Intellectual. In: Raisborough J Marxism, Intellectuals and Politics. : PALGRAVE, pp. 221-237.
  • Raisborough J (2002) Feminist Theory- A Question of Difference. In: Raisborough J Theory and Practice in Sociology. : ROUTLEDGE, pp. 257-294.
  • Raisborough J (2001) Flirting from the Threshold: Undoing the Gendered Division of Labour through Sexual Ambiguity'. In: Raisborough J Genders and Sexualities in Educational Ethnography. : OXFORD UNIVERSITY/ JAI PRESS, pp. 125-140.
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