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Talking with Television Women, Talk Shows, and Modern Self-Reflexivity

by Helen Wood

Part of the Feminist Studies and Media Culture Series

Talking with Television Women, Talk Shows, and Modern Self-Reflexivity Synopsis

Television talk shows have fueled debates about television's faltering role as a medium for social interaction, but this book points out that many viewers don't just absorb the shows; they react to them and even talk back to their televisions. By observing and analyzing the daily viewing habits of a dozen women viewers, Helen Wood interprets these experiences as daily rituals of self-reflexivity, focusing on the performance of gender as a doubling of place in contemporary conditions of modernity. Directly challenging the fundamental assumption that new media forms are uniquely interactive, Talking with Television reveals that televisual styles, particularly talk-based TV, have always sought to encourage a participatory relationship with viewers at home.

Talking with Television Women, Talk Shows, and Modern Self-Reflexivity Press Reviews

A rare product: a theoretically informed empirical study, using data in sophisticated ways to produce far-reaching insights into the practice of television viewing and the construction of gendered subjectivity. A significant contribution to sociology, media and cultural studies, and gender studies. Ann Gray, author of Research Practice for Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Methods and Lived Cultures

Book Information

ISBN: 9780252076022
Publication date: 31st March 2009
Author: Helen Wood
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: TV & society,

About Helen Wood

Helen Wood is principal lecturer in media studies at De Montfort University in Leicester, England.

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