Working Stiff(s) on Reality Television during the Great Recession

  title={Working Stiff(s) on Reality Television during the Great Recession},
  author={Sean Brayton},
This essay traces some of the narratives and cultural politics of work on reality television after the economic crash of 2008. Specifically, it discusses the emergence of paid labor shows like Ax Men , Black Gold and Coal and a resurgent interest in working bodies at a time when the working class in the US seems all but consigned to the dustbin of history. As an implicit response to the crisis of masculinity during the Great Recession these programs present an imagined revival of manliness… 

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