This is Episode 27 of the State of the Theory Podcast, or the first episode of our second series.
Politics. Power. Popular Culture. And other stuff, probably.
In this series, we’re like super nerdy philosophical DJs: mashing up Serious Academic Questions with the most topical news and trends in pop culture. Each week, we’ll tackle a new topic and collide it with ‘critical theory’ (we’re pretty loose with our definitions, though, so expect the unexpected). Our aim is to destroy the stuff we know, explore the stuff we don’t and unsettle everything we think we know about the world. We take the obvious, the commonsensical, the certain, and then we rip it all to shreds. We are your theory doctors and we are always on call.
In this episode, we look at recent news stories about the reality TV show, the Great British Bake Off, British cycling, and the England football manager. We examine what these stories have to tell us about British nationalism, and its connections to economics.