Exposing Lifestyle Television: The Big Reveal

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Dr Gareth Palmer
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Dec 28, 2012 - Social Science - 206 pages
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In the last decade lifestyle television has become one of the most dominant television genres, with certain shows now global brands with formats exploited by producers all over the world. What unites these programmes is their belief that the human subject has a flexible, malleable identity that can be changed within television-friendly frameworks. In contrast to the talk shows of the eighties and nineties where modest transformation was discussed as an ideal, advances in technology, combined with changing tastes and demands of viewers, have created an appetite for dramatic transformations. This volume presents case studies from across the lifestyle genre, considering a variety of themes but with a shared understanding of the self as an evolving project, driven by enterprise. Written by an international team of scholars, the collection will appeal to sociologists of culture and consumption, as well as to scholars of media studies and media production throughout the world.
 

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Contents

The Class Politics of Lifestyle Television
15
British and Australian
25
Who Let the Dogs Out? Pets Parenting
39
Clothing the Body
49
Public Service Television
65
Cosmetic Surgery and Class
83
Housework
101
Consumption and Anxiety
117
Making Over the Talent Show
129
Lifestyle Television
145
l2 A Nation of Cocooners? Explanations of the Home
159
The Politics and Aesthetics of Green Television
177
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