Beverly Hills, 90210: Television, Gender, and Identity / Edition 1

Beverly Hills, 90210: Television, Gender, and Identity / Edition 1

by E. Graham McKinley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812216237

ISBN-13: 9780812216233

Pub. Date: 09/28/1997

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

In 1990 the fledgling Fox television network debuted its prime-time soap opera Beverly Hills, 90210, which was intended to appeal to viewers in their late teens and early twenties. Before long, not only did the network have a genuine hit with a large and devoted audience but the program had evolved into a cultural phenomenon as well, becoming a lens through

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In 1990 the fledgling Fox television network debuted its prime-time soap opera Beverly Hills, 90210, which was intended to appeal to viewers in their late teens and early twenties. Before long, not only did the network have a genuine hit with a large and devoted audience but the program had evolved into a cultural phenomenon as well, becoming a lens through which its youthful viewers defined much of their own sense of themselves.

By an overwhelming majority the fans were female-young women between eleven and twenty-five whose experience of the program was addictive and intensely communal. They met in small groups to watch the program, discussing its plot and characters against the backdrops of their own ongoing lives.

Wondering what this talk accomplished and what role it played in the construction of young female viewers' identities, Graham McKinley found several groups who watched the program and questioned them about the program's significance. Extracting generously from actual interviews, McKinley's investigation has the urgency of a heart-to-heart conversation, with rich anecdotal moments and revelations of self.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812216233
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
Feminist Cultural Studies, the Media, and Political Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
274
Sales rank:
792,835
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The Enthusiastic Voices1
2Watching Beverly Hills, 9021013
3Cultural Studies: Agency, Community, and Pleasure31
4Social Construction: The Discursive Self48
5Appearance: Expertise and the Community of Viewers68
6Characterizations: Community with the Characters83
7Narrative: Playing Pundit115
8Talk About TV Effects: Enculturation137
9Issues: Closing Down the Moral Voice154
10Dating: The Passive Female189
11Guessing: The Microprocesses of Hegemony217
12Conclusion: Swimming with the Tide235
AppData Collection and Subjects243
Glossary251
Bibliography261
Index269

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