Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Scott Heath
Dr. Gina Caison
Dr. Paul Schmidt
The struggle for cultural intelligibility can be clearly articulated through intersections between race, class, and socioeconomic status. Judith Butler demystifies the societal symbols responsible for denoting gender through a discussion of a stable “reality” in relation to performativity. When superimposed over Butler’s gender work, class stratifications and their relevance to cultural intelligibility reflect similar concerns presented in Butler’s work. In this work, I argue that through subversive use of black female archetypes presented by Patricia Hill Collins, strategic language, and flamboyant displays of tangible wealth, characters on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta consciously perform class to resist the policing of social boundaries and to highlight their position within liminal social spaces. However, as a result of their performativity, these women violate the liminal space by patrolling class boundaries from within their social circle.
Arnold, Shari L., "“I AM THE JONESES!”: DECONSTRUCTING CLASS PERFORMATIVITY AND IDENTITY FORMANTION IN BRAVO’S THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2017.
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