Tribal Warfare: Survivor and the Political Unconscious of Reality Television

Tribal Warfare: Survivor and the Political Unconscious of Reality Television

by Christopher J. Wright
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0739111663

ISBN-13: 9780739111666

Pub. Date: 06/20/2006

Publisher: Lexington Books

Tribal Warfare thoroughly investigates a central element of the hit reality television show Survivor that the existing literature on reality television has overlooked: class politics. Christopher J. Wright combines textual analysis and survey research to demonstrate that Survivor operates and resonates as a political allegory. Using the work of Fredric Jameson,

Overview

Tribal Warfare thoroughly investigates a central element of the hit reality television show Survivor that the existing literature on reality television has overlooked: class politics. Christopher J. Wright combines textual analysis and survey research to demonstrate that Survivor operates and resonates as a political allegory. Using the work of Fredric Jameson, this book reveals how Survivor frames its 'characters' as 'haves' and 'have-nots.' For those new to Jameson, Wright breaks down the theorist's complex notion of the political unconscious into easily understandable language. Furthermore, using the results of a survey of Survivor viewers, Tribal Warfare demonstrates that viewers divide along gender, racial, age, and—most significantly—class-related lines in their consumption of, and reaction to, the program. The first book to explore the premise of 'Survivor as society,' this unique work serves as both an engaging analysis of a popular television program and a highly readable primer for those new to critical theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739111666
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
06/20/2006
Series:
Critical Studies in Television Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.68(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 "Interrogating the Obvious": Survivor, Cultural Touchstore Chapter 2 "You Cannot Talk to the Guys in the Boat": Survivor as the False Real Chapter 3 "Apparently Reprehensible Material": The Political Unconscious and Popular Culture Chapter 4 "If It Happens Again . . .": Repression and the Tagi Alliance Chapter 5 "They're All Lying to Me": Repression among Contestants Chapter 6 "A Really Passionate Affair": Repression through Editing Chapter 7 "These Three Girls Have All Been Riding Coattails": Survivor's Gender Wars Chapter 8 "Thrashing around Like I'm Thirty-Five": Paradoxes of Aging on Survivor Chapter 9 "This Thing Runs Deeper Than a Game": Survivor's Trouble with Race Chapter 10 "Always Historicize!": Symbolic Resolutions and Contemporary Politics Chapter 11 Appendix A: Synopses of the First Eleven Survivor Seasons Chapter 12 Appendix B: Contestant Profiles and Ratings Chapter 13 Appendix C: Methodology

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