260 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    How does television function within society? Why have both its programmes and its audiences been so widely denigrated? Taking inspiration from Richard Hoggarts classic study The Uses of Literacy, John Hartleys new book is a lucid defence of the place of television in our lives, and of the usefulness of television studies.
    Hartley re-conceptualizes television as a transmodern medium, capable of reuniting government, education and media, and of creating a new kind of cultural teaching which facilitates communication across social and geographical boundaries. He provides a historical framework for the development of both television and television studies, his focus ranging from an analysis of the early documentary Housing Problems, to the much-overlooked cultural impact of the refrigerator.

    1 (Pre-script) Persona: selves, knowledge, books 2 What are the uses of television studies? A modern archaeology 3 TV studies as cross-demographic communication 4 Television as transmodern teaching 5 Teaching not power: ideological atrocities and improper questions 6 Knowledge, television and the ‘textual tradition’ 7 Brief encounters, khaki shorts and wilful blindness: television without television 8 Housing television: a film, a fridge and social democracy 9 Democracy as defeat: the social eye of cultural studies 10 Schools of thought: desire and fear; discourse and politics 11 People who knead people: permanent education and the amelioration of manners 12 Democratainment: television and cultural citizenship 13 Influx of the feared: democratization, schooling, cultural studies 14 Clueless? Not! DIY citizenship 15 (Post-script) Suburbanality (in cultural studies)


    John Hartley is Professor and Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University, and Director of the Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media Research

    'This is a book oozing with ideas and insight ... I loved this book: it is intellectually engaging, challenging and profoundly useful.' - Gay Hawkins, Media International Australia