I, Daniel Blake (2016): Vulnerability, Care, and Citizenship in Austerity Politics

Aura Lehtonen, Jacqueline Gibbs

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Abstract

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 that 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalFeminist Review
Volume122
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

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  • care
  • citizenship
  • film
  • vulnerability
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I, Daniel Blake (2016): Vulnerability, Care, and Citizenship in Austerity Politics. / Lehtonen, Aura; Gibbs, Jacqueline.

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