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Reality Television and Class Reality Television and Class

A range of writers consider the class politics and new moral economies being played out in the recent wave of popular reality shows. A range of writers consider the class politics and new moral economies being played out in the recent wave of popular reality shows.
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This is the first book about reality television to make class its central focus. Despite popular and media debate about the 'classed' behaviour of reality stars such as Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty, and the class confrontations depicted in shows such as Wife Swap, class politics have been overlooked in much political and academic discussion of reality television. In their introduction, the editors spell out how reality television __ by making visible new forms of performance labour __ invites a serious discussion of class. Internationally renowned media scholars and sociologists explore the ways in which 'ordinary people' enter the television frame, and how discourses of class are routed through national concerns and fears. Through an analysis of programmes such as Celebrity Big Brother, The Hills, MasterChef and Ladette to Lady, the contributors tackle common assumptions in television analysis to show how the mere fact of 'being on TV' is not a straightforward route to recognition, democracy, mobility or value; how new moral economies are emerging in which judgement and aspiration are normalised; and that class relationships are key dramatic devices in the spectacle of television entertainment. This is the first book about reality television to make class its central focus. Despite popular and media debate about the 'classed' behaviour of reality stars such as Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty, and the class confrontations depicted in shows such as Wife Swap, class politics have been overlooked in much political and academic discussion of reality television. In their introduction, the editors spell out how reality television __ by making visible new forms of performance labour __ invites a serious discussion of class. Internationally renowned media scholars and sociologists explore the ways in which 'ordinary people' enter the television frame, and how discourses of class are routed through national concerns and fears. Through an analysis of programmes such as Celebrity Big Brother, The Hills, MasterChef and Ladette to Lady, the contributors tackle common assumptions in television analysis to show how the mere fact of 'being on TV' is not a straightforward route to recognition, democracy, mobility or value; how new moral economies are emerging in which judgement and aspiration are normalised; and that class relationships are key dramatic devices in the spectacle of television entertainment.

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SKU 9781844573974
Product contents Introduction: Real Class; H.Wood & B.Skeggs Part I: Mediated Exchange and Judgement Class and Contemporary Forms of 'Reality' Production or, Hidden Injuries of Class 2; N.Couldry 'I'm common and my talking is quite abrupt' (Jade Goody): Language and Class
Publisher(s) BFI Publishing , Palgrave Macmillan
Editor(s) Beverley Skeggs , Helen Wood
Format Paperback
Original publication date 12/12/2011
Number of pages 264

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