Television and the Self: Knowledge, Identity, and Media Representation

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Kathleen M. Ryan, Deborah A. Macey
Lexington Books, Apr 5, 2013 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Sitting prominently at the hearth of our homes, television serves as a voice of our modern time. Given our media-saturated society and television’s prominent voice and place in the home, it is likely we learn about our society and selves through these stories. These narratives are not simply entertainment, but powerful socializing agents that shape and reflect the world and our role in it. Television and the Self: Knowledge, Identity, and Media Representation brings together a diverse group of scholars to investigate the role television plays in shaping our understanding of self and family. This edited collection’s rich and diverse research demonstrates how television plays an important role in negotiating self, and goes far beyond the treacly “very special” episodes found in family sit-coms in the 1980s. Instead, the authors show how television reflects our reality and helps us to sort out what it means to be a twenty-first-century man or woman.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Part 1 The Electronic Hearth or the unReal World
9
Part 2 Father and Mother Knows Best
45
Part 3 Family Ties
97
Part 4 The Facts of Life
149
Part 5 As Not Seen on TV
225
Bibliography
257
Index
283
About the Contributors
287
About the Editors
293
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Kathleen M. Ryan spent more than twenty years in network and local news production and she continues to work as an active multimedia director and producer. She holds a PhD in communication and society from University of Oregon, an MA in broadcast journalism from University of Southern California, and a BA in political science from University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado.

Deborah A. Macey holds a PhD in communication and society from the University of Oregon, an MA in Communication and a BS in Business Administration from Saint Louis University. She is a visiting assistant professor at Saint Louis University, where she teaches courses in human communication and media studies.

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