1st Edition

Media and Class TV, Film, and Digital Culture

Edited By June Deery, Andrea Press Copyright 2018
    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    Although the idea of class is again becoming politically and culturally charged, the relationship between media and class remains understudied. This diverse collection draws together prominent and emerging media scholars to offer readers a much-needed orientation within the wider categories of media, class, and politics in Britain, America, and beyond. Case studies address media representations and media participation in a variety of platforms, with attention to contemporary culture: from celetoids to selfies, Downton Abbey to Duck Dynasty, and royals to reality TV. These scholarly but accessible accounts draw on both theory and empirical research to demonstrate how different media navigate and negotiate, caricature and essentialize, or contain and regulate class.

    1. Introduction: studying media and class
    2.  June Deery and Andrea Press



    3. The Media’s Failure to Represent the Working Class: Explanations from Media Production and Beyond
    4. David Hesmondhalgh

    5. Class and Gender through Seven Decades of American Television Sitcoms
    6. Richard Butsch

    7. Television Screening: The Entertainment Value of Poverty and Wealth
    8. June Deery

    9. Sex, Class and Trash: Money, Status and Classed ‘Dreams" in Classical Hollywood Cinema
    10. Andrea Press and Marjorie Rosen



    11. Performing Class and Taste through the Documentary Lens
    12. John Corner 

    13. How the Other Half Lives: The Will to Document from Poverty to Precarity
    14. Laurie Ouellette



    15. The Working Class, Ordinary Celebrity and Illegitimate Cultural Work
    16. Helen Wood, Jilly Boyce Kay and Mark Banks

    17. Idols of self-production: Selfies, career success and social class
    18. Anita Biressi

    19. Rich TV, Poor TV: Work, leisure and the construction of ‘deserved inequality’ in contemporary Britain
    20. Jo Littler and Milly Williamson



    21. When Left Theory "leaves behind the dream of a Revolution": Class and the Software Economy
    22. Robert Wllkie 

    23. Class in "The Class": Conservative, Competitive and (Dis)connected
    24. Sonia Livingstone and Julian Sefton-Green

    25. For Themselves and for their Communities: Alternative Mediations of Digital Natives
    26. Vicki Mayer and Aline Maia

    27. Big Data is Too Small: Research Implications of Class Inequality for Online Data Collection

    Jen Schradie 



    June Deery is Professor of Media Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and author of Consuming Reality: The Commercialization of Factual Entertainment (Palgrave, 2012) and Reality TV (Polity, 2015). Her latest work looks at reality TV and the campaign and early administration of Donald Trump.

    Andrea Press is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Virginia. She is the former Executive Editor of the Virginia Film Festival and Producer of the Roger Ebert Film Festival. She is the author or co-author of The New Media Environment, Speaking of Abortion, Women Watching Television, and the forthcoming volumes Media-Ready Feminism and Everyday Sexism, Handbook of Contemporary Feminism, and Feminist Reception Studies in a Post-Audience Age.