In this presentation Jamie Hakim will talk about his recently published book Work That Body: Male Bodies in Digital Culture (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019). In this book Dr Hakim explores the recent rise in different types of men using digital media to sexualise their bodies. He argues that the male body has become a key site in contemporary culture where neoliberalism’s hegemony has been both secured and contested since 2008, drawing on four different case studies to do so: the celebrity male nude leak; the rise of young men sharing images of their muscular bodies on social media; RuPaul's Drag Race body transformational tutorial; and the rise of chemsex. He finds that on the one hand digital media has enabled men to transform their bodies into tools of value-creation in economic contexts where the historical means they have relied on to create value have diminished. On the other it has also allowed them to use their bodies to form intimate collective bonds during a moment when competitive individualism continues to be the privileged mode of being in the world.
Dr Jamie Hakim is a lecturer in media studies at the University of East Anglia. His research interests lie at the intersection of digital media, intimacy, embodiment, gender and sexuality. Dr. Hakim is Principle Investigator of the ESRC funded 'Digital Intimacies: how gay and bisexual men use their smartphones to negotiate their cultures of intimacy'. Between 2003-2014, Jamie worked in different editorial positions at Attitude – Europe's leading gay culture magazine.
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