A Companion to Reality Television

A Companion to Reality Television

By: Laurie Ouellette (author)Hardback

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International in scope and more comprehensive than existing collections, A Companion to Reality Television presents a complete guide to the study of reality, factual and nonfiction television entertainment, encompassing a wide range of formats and incorporating cutting-edge work in critical, social and political theory. * Original in bringing cutting-edge work in critical, social and political theory into the conversation about reality TV * Consolidates the latest, broadest range of scholarship on the politics of reality television and its vexed relationship to culture, society, identity, democracy, and ordinary people in the media * Includes primetime reality entertainment as well as precursors such as daytime talk shows in the scope of discussion * Contributions from a list of international, leading scholars in this field

About Author

Laurie Ouellette is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches Critical Media Studies. She has published extensively on reality television and is co-editor of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (2004 and 2009), and co-author of Better Living Through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship (Wiley, 2008).


Notes on Contributors ix Introduction 1 Laurie Ouellette Part One Producing Reality: Industry, Labor, and Marketing 9 1 Mapping Commercialization in Reality Television 11 June Deery 2 Reality Television and the Political Economy of Amateurism 29 Andrew Ross 3 When Everyone Has Their Own Reality Show 40 Mark Andrejevic 4 Cast-aways: The Plights and Pleasures of Reality Casting and Production Studies 57 Vicki Mayer 5 Program Format Franchising in the Age of Reality Television 74 Albert Moran Part Two Television Realities: History, Genre, and Realism 95 6 Realism and Reality Formats 97 Jonathan Bignell 7 Reality TV Experiences: Audiences, Fact, and Fiction 116 Annette Hill 8 From Participatory Video to Reality Television 134 Daniel Marcus 9 Manufacturing Massness : Aesthetic Form and Industry Practice in the Reality Television Contest 155 Hollis Griffin 10 God, Capitalism, and the Family Dog 171 Eileen R. Meehan Part Three Dilemmas of Visibility: Identity and Difference 189 11 The Bachelorette s Postfeminist Therapy: Transforming Women for Love 191 Rachel E. Dubrofsky 12 Fractured Feminism: Articulations of Feminism, Sex, and Class by Reality TV Viewers 208 Andrea L. Press 13 It s Been a While Since I ve Seen, Like, Straight People : Queer Visibility in the Age of Postnetwork Reality Television 227 Joshua Gamson 14 The Wild Bunch: Men, Labor, and Reality Television 247 Gareth Palmer 15 The Conundrum of Race and Reality Television 264 Catherine R. Squires 16 Tan TV: Reality Television s Postracial Delusion 283 Hunter Hargraves Part Four Empowerment or Exploitation? Ordinary People and Reality Television 307 17 Reality Television and the Demotic Turn 309 Graeme Turner 18 DI(t)Y, Reality-Style: The Cultural Work of Ordinary Celebrity 324 Laura Grindstaff 19 Reality Television s Construction of Ordinary People: Class-Based and Nonelitist Articulations of Ordinary People and Their Discursive Affordances 345 Nico Carpentier Part Five Subjects of Reality: Making/Selling Selves and Lifestyles 367 20 Mapping the Makeover Maze: The Contours and Contradictions of Makeover Television 369 Brenda Weber 21 House Hunters, Real Estate Television and Everyday Cosmopolitanism 386 Mimi White 22 Life Coaches, Style Mavens, and Design Gurus: Everyday Experts on Reality Television 402 Tania Lewis 23 Reality Television Celebrity: Star Consumption and Self-Production in Media Culture 421 Julie A. Wilson 24 Producing Reality : Branded Content, Branded Selves, Precarious Futures 437 Alison Hearn Part Six Affective Registers: Reality, Sentimentality, and Feeling 457 25 A Matter of Feeling: Mediated Affect in Reality Television 459 Misha Kavka 26 Walking in Another s Shoes : Sentimentality and Philanthropy on Reality Television 478 Heather Nunn and Anita Biressi Part Seven The Politics of Reality: Global Culture, National Identity, and Public Life 499 27 Reality Television, Public Service, and Public Life: A Critical Theory Perspective 501 Peter Lunt 28 Reality Talent Shows in China: Transnational Format, Affective Engagement, and the Chinese Dream 516 Ling Yang 29 Reality Television from Big Brother to the Arab Uprisings: Neoliberal, Liberal, and Geopolitical Considerations 541 Marwan M. Kraidy Index 557

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780470659274
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 592
  • ID: 9780470659274
  • weight: 1076
  • ISBN10: 0470659270

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