Watching TV Is Not Required: Thinking About Media and Thinking About Thinking, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Watching TV Is Not Required

Thinking About Media and Thinking About Thinking, 1st Edition

By Bernard McGrane, John Gunderson

Routledge

224 pages

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Description

This book uses a social world–today's undergraduate students' ubiquitous everyday experience of television–as a vehicle for helping awaken students to the true possibilities for learning and their responsibilities inherent in achieving those goals. The book also introduces students to the social construction of reality embedded in the experience of TV. The lead author Barney McGrane is one of the most accomplished and successful teachers of sociology in the United States today and is also the co-author with John Gunderson and the late Inge Bell of the classic book for teaching This Book Is Not Required: An Emotional Survival Manual For Students.

Reviews

"McGrane and Gunderson have put together an extraordinarily provocative stream of sociologically inspired responses to television. Nothing could be more "relevant" to students, and in the right hands, this is a resource for a learning experience that at once maximizes critical and creative thinking. McGrane and Gunderson give new life to sociological thinking."—Jack Katz, Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

CH 1 – PARENT TV: OUR THIRD PARENT

CH 2 – IDENTITY TV: YOU ARE WHAT YOU WATCH

CH 3 – REALITY TV: TV IS A PLACE WHERE WE LIVE

CH 4 – CONSUMERISM TV: YOU ARE WHAT YOU WANT

CH 5 – RELATIONSHIP TV: I DON’T REALLY LOVE YOU, I LOVE GORDON’S GIN/JOHN CUSAK

CH 6 – CHILDREN’S TV: SATURDAY MORING GHETTO

CH 7 – MIRROR TV: LOOKING GLASS SELF

Ch 8 – UN-TV: NO TV AND MEDITATION TV

About the Authors

Barney McGrane has a huge following among lower-division sociology instructors in North America. Barney has taught literally thousands of students at UCLA, UC Irvine, Pitzer, Colby College, and now Chapman University during his career. He is a mesmerizing teacher.

John Gunderson has a Ph.D in education from Claremont Graduate School and was named "outstanding master’s student of the year" from Chapman University. He teaches as an adjunct at Chapman University

About the Series

Sociology Re-Wired

This innovative series is for all readers interested in books that provide frameworks for making sense of the complexities of contemporary social life. Each of the books in this series uses a sociological lens to provide current critical and analytical perspectives on significant social issues, patterns and trends. The series consists of books that integrate the best ideas in sociological thought with an aim toward public education and engagement. These books are designed for use in the classroom as well as for scholars and socially curious general readers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEA010000
HEALTH & FITNESS / Healthy Living
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC002010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural
SOC022000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies