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Diana and BeyondWhite Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture$
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Raka Shome

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038730

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038730.001.0001

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Cosmopolitan Healing

Cosmopolitan Healing

The Spiritual Fix of White Femininity

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(p.178) 6. Cosmopolitan Healing
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Diana and Beyond
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Raka Shome

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038730.003.0006

This chapter examines what it calls the “spiritual fix” of white femininity. More specifically, it looks at a particular kind of borderlessness of white femininity—one that is organized around a discourse of spirituality, well-being, and healing—by focusing on Princess Diana's representations. The chapter first considers some examples of celebrity white women embodying the logics of interiority to highlight a larger millennial trend within which to situate Diana's turn to interiority. It then explores how a particular relation among white femininity, inner wellness, transcendence, and citizenly belonging is being forged in contemporary culture since the mid-to-late 1990s. The discussion proceeds by turning to Diana, New Britain, and the emergence of a “reflexive self” in British culture. The chapter concludes with an assessment of the implications of transnational/multicultural reworking of white female interiorities. It suggests that spirituality is increasingly functioning as cultural capital and a site of consumption through which a new kind of gendered white national transcendence is being imagined today in popular and consumer culture.

Keywords:   white femininity, spirituality, well-being, healing, Princess Diana, white women, inner wellness, transcendence, New Britain, reflexive self

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