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Hooks then continues on to explain that unlike critical theory that may be hard for a lot of people to access or understand, popular culture is able to reach the masses and be more likely to be easily understood by them. Thus, it has become increasingly more popular for the masses to be educated by popular culture rather than theory based essays. She then continues on to share her experience about "teaching at very fancy private predominantly white schools to teaching at an urban, predominantly non-white campus in Harlem".

Despite the variance of national academic rank, she states that students at both schools were brilliant, but the schools differentiated in how students saw themselves. Students at the prestigious schools knew their worth and had a sense of entitlement about their futures because so much has been promised to them in attending these schools. While students at the Harlem school did not share their same sense of entitlement because nothing has been promised to them. Now in the original script — it's based on the story by Paul Auster — in the story there's no racial identification of the character.

So when I talk to Wayne Wang who directed the film, I said, "Why did you choose to make the thief black? It will give a kind of good guy, bad guy quality to it and it will just make it all the more stimulating, because he would have to admit that the fact that he simultaneously in making that choice is also reproducing certain kinds of racial stereotypes. And the ironic thing is that I can sit in classrooms in universities where my students don't want to accept that someone consciously creates that representation A certain sense that reality is being documented and, again, you know, I think that part of the power of cultural criticism and cultural studies has been it's sort of political intervention as a force in American society to say, there really is a conscious manipulation of representations and it's not about magical thinking, it's not about like pure imagination, creativity, it's about people consciously knowing what kinds of images will produce a certain kind of impact".

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One of "the most successful political movement in the United States over the last twenty years was really the feminist movement and that there is a tremendous backlash to feminism that is being enacted on the stage of mass media. So that films like Leaving Las Vegas really are about ushering in a new old version of the desirable woman that really is profoundly misogynous based and sexist. It's no accident, we know that when women went into the factories in the World Wars because men were not here, that when those wars ended, mass media was used to get women out of the factory and back into the home, well in a sense mass media is being used in that very same way right now, to get women out of feminism and back into some patriarchal mode of thinking and movies to me are the lead propaganda machine in this right now".

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The aim of cultural analysis, she argues, should be the production of enlightened witnesses - audiences who engaged with the representations of cultural life knowledgeably and vigilantly. To me an important break through, I felt, in my work and that of others was the call to use the term white supremacy, over racism because racism in and of itself did not really allow for a discourse of colonization and decolonization, the recognition of the internalized racism within people of color and it was always in a sense keeping things at the level at which whiteness and white people remained at the center of the discussion".

It's really about being enlightened witnesses when we watch representations, which means we are able to be critically vigilant about both what is being told to us and how we respond to what is being told I don't think we will get much further in terms of decolonizing our minds. So that we can both resist certain kinds of conservatizing representation and at the same time create new and exciting representations. Hooks makes a point that casting directors and other prominent people working on a film make conscious choices of casting and when certain types of people are routinely cast in the same position.

She makes a point that these routine types of molds people are cast in help to reinscribe stereotypes that are both harmful on and offscreen. Simpson trial was a spectacle from the beginning to the end. This passage from Dealing with O.

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Simpson case and it stipulated all beforehand that I could be asked one question, I was asked to just give my response, but they really wanted me to say, who was innocent and who was guilty. And what I said was that the only thing I really knew about the O. Simpson case was that it began and ended with male violence and that no one to my knowledge ever speculated that there were a bunch of women waiting outside that house to hack anybody to death, you know, cut the cameras, that's not the quote that anybody wanted to hear, they wanted the black woman to be choosing against the white woman or to be protecting the black man, they wanted this whole racialized scenario.

When the issue is male violence against women, let's bring on some other kind of issue that makes us not pay real attention to male violence. Skip to navigation.

The overarching ethos to my teaching and research is to contribute to the rigorous and critical questioning of what we understand organisations to be about, as well as a reformulation, expansion and democratisation for how we go about understanding them and working in them. This is an ethos that hopes to counter and offer alternatives to tendencies that seek to ossify knowledge and practice into the kind of static normalcy that breeds injustice and complacency.

My interests centre on the vexed relationship between ethics and politics as they relate to the everyday goings on in organisations. My current research in this area works with the ethical and political philosophies of Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida in order to consider how ethics is translated into politics and justice in organisations. My work in this area has been devoted to an exploration of the critical representations of work and organisations in popular culture.

I am interested in the notion of popular critique as it is located in various types of narratives that can be found in the mass media — especially television, popular music and cinema. I have a long-standing interest in exploring writing and storytelling as it relates to both organisations and the writing of organisations studies. Informed by the interventions of poststructuralism in organisation studies, my research in this area has explored narrative structures.

I am interested in supervising PhDs that relate to any areas of the areas of research activity described above. Rhodes, C. Chappell, C. Pullen, A. Clegg, S. R, Bailey, J.

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