North/South, East/West: Mapping Italianness on Television

North/South, East/West: Mapping Italianness on Television

by Michela Ardizzoni


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North/South, East/West focuses on the visual and discursive representation of identity promoted by public and private Italian national television at the turn of the twenty-first century. Michela Ardizzoni examines the role of politics, conglomeration, immigration, and satellite technology in framing discourses of gender, ethnic, and regional identities. In a time of social and political change for Italy, characterized by the increased visibility of ethnic minorities and the rise to political power of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's largest media mogul,North/South, East/West provides an in-depth textual analysis of current programs and their vision of identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739115763
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Michela Ardizzoni is visiting assistant professor at the University of Louisville in the departments of communication and women's and gender studies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: Articulating Identity, Globalization, and Italian Television Chapter 2. The Italian Television Industry: Politics, Commercialism, and New Frontiers Chapter 3. Watching Italy Between the Regional and the Global Chapter 4. Through the Ethnic Lens: National Identity on Television Chapter 5. Engendering the Nation: Women and Identity on National Television Chapter 6. The Cultural Politics of Italian Television: Some Conclusions

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