The Television Studies Reader / Edition 1

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The Television Studies Reader brings together key writings in the expanding field of television studies, providing an overview of the discipline and addressing issues of industry, genre, audiences, production and ownership, and representation.

The Reader charts the ways in which television and television studies are being redefined by new and 'alternative' ways of producing, broadcasting and watching TV, such as cable, satellite and digital broadcasting, home video, internet broadcasting, and interactive TV, as well as exploring the recent boom in genres such as reality TV and docusoaps. It brings together articles from leading international scholars to provide perspectives on television programmes and practices from around the world, acknowledging both television's status as a global medium and the many and varied local contexts of its production and reception. Articles are grouped in seven themed sections, each with an introduction by the editors:

  • Institutions of Television
  • Spaces of Television
  • Modes of Television
  • Making Television
  • Social Representation on Television
  • Watching Television
  • Transforming Television
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415283236
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Frequently Asked Questions: A General Introduction to the Reader 1
Pt. 1 Institutions of Television
Introduction to part one 27
1 'Ises' and 'Oughts': Public Service Broadcasting in Europe 33
2 Moving Beyond the "Vast Wasteland": Cultural Policy and Television in the United States 52
3 Protecting the Citizen, Protecting Society 66
4 Australia's Television Culture 79
5 Telefeminism: How Lifetime Got its Groove, 1984-1997 92
Pt. 2 Spaces of Television
Introduction to part two 105
6 Hollywood Planet: Global Media and the Competitive Advantage of Narrative Transparency 111
7 Geolinguistic Region as Global Space: the Case of Latin America 130
8 The Global, the Local and the Public Sphere 139
9 Popular Media as Public 'Sphericules' for Diasporic Communities 151
Pt. 3 Modes of Television
Introduction to part three 163
10 A Cultural Approach to Television Genre Theory 171
11 Live Television Is Still Alive: On Television as an Unfulfilled 182
12 Codes and Conventions of Dramadoc and Docudrama 196
13 News as Performance: The Image as Event 209
14 Adworlds 226
15 Making Sense of Soaps 242
16 The Pie and the Crust: Television Program Formats 258
Pt. 4 Making Television
Introduction to part four 267
17 Television Production 275
18 Modes of Production: The Televisual Apparatus 293
19 Big Brother Australia: Performing the 'Real' Twenty-Four-Seven 311
20 Studio Discussions 322
21 Media Pilgrims: On the Set of Coronation Street 332
22 Public Access/Private Confession: Home Video as (Queer) Community Television 343
23 Hausa Dramas and the Rise of Video Culture in Nigeria 354
Pt. 5 Social Representation on Television
Introduction to part five 367
24 Television, Representation and Gender 373
25 Primetime TV in the Gay Nineties: Network Television, Quality Audiences and Gay Politics 389
26 Welcome Home?: CBS, PAX-TV, and "Heartland" Values in a Neo-Network Era 404
27 Broadcasting and the Construction of the National Family 418
28 'The Biggest Show in the World': Race and the Global Popularity of The Cosby Show 442
Pt. 6 Watching Television
Introduction to part six 457
29 Qualitative Audience Research 461
30 In the Worst Possible Taste: Children, Television and Cultural Value 479
31 Television While You Wait 494
32 Defining Cult-TV: Texts, Inter-texts and Fan Audiences 509
33 Democratainment 524
Pt. 7 Transforming Television
Introduction to part seven 535
34 Reality TV in the Digital Era: A Paradox in Visual Culture? 543
35 Camcorder Cults 557
36 Living on Dawson's Creek: Teen Viewers, Cultural Convergence and Television Overflow 569
37 Postmodern Virtualities 581
38 Social Relationships and Identity Online and Offline 596
Suggestions for Further Reading 615
Index 625
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