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Television and Women's Culture
The Politics of the Popular

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June 1990 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In this book an international team of contributors examines critically the relationship between television and women's culture. Although they recognize that television frequently distorts and oppresses women's experience, the authors avoid a simplistic manipulative view of the media. Instead they show how and why such different genres as game shows, police fiction and soap opera offer women opportunities for negotiation of their own meanings and their own aesthetic appreciation.

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Mary Ellen Brown
Introduction
Feminist Culturalist Television Criticism  
Culture, Theory, Practice  
 
PART ONE: WOMEN AS AUDIENCES AND CRITICS
Virginia Nightingale
Women as Audiences
Caren Deming
For Television-Centered Television Criticism
Lessons from Feminism  
Dorothy Hobson
Women Audiences and the Workplace
 
PART TWO: REPRESENTATION AND FANTASY: THE STRUCTURING OF FEMININE READING POSITIONS
Ien Ang
Melodramatic Identification
Television Fiction and Women's Fantasy  
Lisa Lewis
Consumer Girl Culture
How Music Video Appeals to Girls  
Sally Stockbridge
Rock Video
Pleasure and Resistance  
 
PART THREE: WOMEN AND TELEVISION GENRES
Danae Clark
`Cagney and Lacey'
Feminine Strategies of Detection  
John Fiske
Women and Quiz Shows
Consumerism, Patriarchy and Resisting Pleasures  
Beverly Poynten and John Hartley
Male Gazing
Australian Rules Football, Gender and Television  
Andrea Press
Class, Gender and the Female Viewer
Women's Responses to `Dynasty'  
Mary Ellen Brown and Linda Barwick
Motley Moments
Soap Opera, Carnival, Gossip and the Power of the Utterance  
Mary Ellen Brown
Conclusion
Consumption and Resistance - The Problem of Pleasure  

`provocative reading for anyone interested in what is going on in cultural studies' - Contemporary Sociology

`This anthology of feminist culturalist television criticism brings together the works of US, European, and Australian researchers in a collection that will prove useful to undergraduate and graduate students of women's studies, mass communications, and cultural studies. The introduction provides a succinct explanation of the theoretical groundings of this growing body of research. Clear definitions of terminology are found throughout the volume, making this book accessible to those unschooled in feminist theory. The volume furnishes examples of feminist audience research and provides much-needed examples of feminist television content analysis. The question of women and television is framed within the broader questions of women's class positions, and the positioning of women's culture and women's discourse within society' - Choice

`A refreshing collection of theoretical and critical works examining the impact of women and women's culture on television....An excellent guide to promote critical thinking and new approaches to the study of television and women's culture....A good classroom resource for the study of women and media and....a good addition to the body of research needed for the inclusion of multicultural education in the curriculum.' - Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media

`There are sophisticated, persuasive chapters which apply contemporary theorizing to popular culture....The essays hang together as convincing demonstration of how women, while still functioning within the dominant economic and social order, can and sometimes do appropriate television texts for their own affective and political purposes.' - Journalism Quarterly

`Though [the contributors] recognize that television frequently distorts and oppresses women's experience, the authors eschew a simplistic manipulative view of the media. Instead they show how and why such different genres as game shows, police fiction and soap opera offer women opportunities for negotiation of their own meanings and their own aesthetic appreciation.' - Gender and Mass Media

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ISBN: 9780803982291
£38.99