I, Daniel Blake (2016): vulnerability, care and citizenship in austerity politics

Gibbs, Jacqueline ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7961-8206 and Lehtonen, Aura (2019) I, Daniel Blake (2016): vulnerability, care and citizenship in austerity politics. Feminist Review, 122 (1) . pp. 49-63. ISSN 0141-7789 [Article] (doi:10.1177/0141778919847909)

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This article offers a reading of Ken Loach’s 2016 film I, Daniel Blake, a fictionalised account of experiences of the UK welfare system in conditions of austerity. We consider, firstly, the significant challenge the film poses to dominant figurations of welfare recipients under austerity, through a focus on vulnerability to state processes. We follow with a reading of some of the film’s interventions in relation to reciprocity, drawing on the important trajectories of care, community and resistance that the film renders visible through the collective stories of the major characters. Finally, we conclude with reflections on citizenship, subject narratives and alternative imaginaries of ‘deservingness’. Our article offers an ‘against the grain’ reading (hooks, 1996; Wearing, 2013) of the film, highlighting some of the radical possibilities of the more minor moments, character arcs and subject positionalities within the film’s central narrative of Daniel’s experiences in the shadow of the steadily crumbling welfare state.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 28119
Notes on copyright: Gibbs, J., & Lehtonen, A. (2019). I, Daniel Blake (2016): Vulnerability, Care and Citizenship in Austerity Politics. Feminist Review, 122(1), 49–63. Copyright © 2019 The Author(s). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0141778919847909
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Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 16:13
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 18:59
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28119

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