Uncertain abuse and insider credentials: examining ambiguous cultural representations of childhood sexual abuse in the 2005 British comedy series 'Nathan Barley'

Lamont, B.R (2020) 'Uncertain abuse and insider credentials: examining ambiguous cultural representations of childhood sexual abuse in the 2005 British comedy series 'Nathan Barley'.' In: Tsaliki, L and Chronaki, D, eds. Discourses of anxiety over childhood and youth across cultures. Springer, Cham, pp. 279-295. ISBN 9783030464356

Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-46436-3_12

Abstract

The study comprises of a close textual reading of the 2005 British Channel Four television satire 'Nathan Barley', written by Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker. In this chapter, the tensions between the authentic crime of child sexual abuse (CSA) and the inauthentic space of early 2000s East London counterculture will be analysed. This is developed into an interrogation of 'Nathan Barley'’s presentation of child sex abusers and survivors as ambiguous roles to opt in and out of in order to garner cultural capital. This is contextualised within the moral panic surrounding CSA, alongside wider anxieties surrounding the ethics of both mass and counterculture media in depicting traumatic themes during early twenty-first-century Britain

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Divisions: Bath School of Art, Film and Media
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-46436-3_12
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2022 13:53
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2022 14:25
URI / Page ID: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/14615
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