Genre Anxiety: Women Travel Writers’ Experience of Work

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    This article explores how the concept of genre can enrich our understanding of gender inequality in media industries. All media work takes place within genre-specific production worlds, which seem to be gender-segregated. By examining the gendered and gendering ideology of genres, an outcome of genre-gender discursive, historical and cultural crossover, we obtain a holistic view of the complexities of the psycho-biographical gender dynamics of media work. To this end, I trace the ways in which the andocentric genre of travel writing (a genre based on a masculine ideology) causes professional anxiety and constrains female travel writers’ biographical identity work. By treating genres as mediators of work experiences and practices, I elucidate how contemporary female travel writers experience and cope with genre-induced anxiety.
    TidsskriftThe Sociological Review
    Udgave nummerS1
    Sider (fra-til)128-143
    Antal sider16
    StatusUdgivet - 2015


    • Genre
    • Gender inequality
    • Biography
    • Travel writing
    • Media industries