Mediating the Family: Gender, Culture and Representation

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Taking as its starting point the "problem" of how the family has been mediated in popular film, television, literature and social policy over the last 50 years, Mediating the Family: Gender, Culture and Representation explores the ways in which struggles over sexuality, identity, gender and power have informed the conceptualization and representation of the family as an institution and as a site of discursive complexity. This study unpacks the family, looking in detail at the different generational and ...

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Overview

Taking as its starting point the "problem" of how the family has been mediated in popular film, television, literature and social policy over the last 50 years, Mediating the Family: Gender, Culture and Representation explores the ways in which struggles over sexuality, identity, gender and power have informed the conceptualization and representation of the family as an institution and as a site of discursive complexity. This study unpacks the family, looking in detail at the different generational and identificatory components: motherhood, fatherhood, adolescence and childhood. Using theoretical and critical frameworks from cultural studies, sociology, textual analysis and cultural history, and drawing on original research, case studies and critical analysis from a range of sources from around the world, the book examines the relationship between the intersecting discourses of: DT youth DT childhood innocence DT post-war companionate marriage DT bad families DT entrepreneurial femininity in the 1980s in order to interrogate the representation DT and reinvention of the family. Mediating the Family: Gender, Culture and Representation is an important intervention in debates about family relationships and will be essential reading for scholars and students of cultural, film and media studies, sociology and cultural history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340740804
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Estella Tincknell is Associate Head of the School of Cultural Studies at the University of the West of England.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the family, politics and identity 1
1 Nuclear family values? : meanings and mediations from the 1940s to the 1960s 5
2 The impossibility of maternity : the family saga and entrepreneurial femininity in the 1980s 35
3 Paternity suits : reclaiming fatherhood 55
4 Lost innocents : childhood in contemporary media 77
5 Teenage kicks : constructing adolescence 105
6 Family pathologies and pluralities : reinventing the family from the 1970s to the 1990s 133
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