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Zombies, Migrants, and Queers: Race and Crisis Capitalism in Pop Culture

Camilla Fojas


The alarm and anxiety unleashed by the Great Recession found fascinating expression across popular culture. Harried survivors negotiated societal collapse among zombies in The Walking Dead. Middle-class whites crossed the literal and metaphorical Mexican border on Breaking Bad or coped with a lack of freedom among the marginalized on Orange Is the New Black. Camilla Fojas uses representations of people of color, the incarcerated, migrants, and trans/queers--vulnerable populations all--to explore the contradictions created by the economic crisis and its freefalling aftermath. Television, film, ... More

Keywords: Great Recession, capitalism, white, neo-liberal, global South, racial capitalism, crisis, freefall, migrant, zombie, queer, imperialism, prison

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040924
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040924.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Camilla Fojas, author
University of Virginia