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TV Living : Television, Culture and Everyday Life - David Gauntlett

TV Living

Television, Culture and Everyday Life

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Published: 22nd April 1999
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TV Living presents the findings of the BFI Audience Tracking Study in which 500 participants completed detailed questionnaire-diaries on their lives, their television watching, and the relationship between the two over a five year period.
Gauntlett and Hill use this extensive data to explore some of the most fundamental questions in media and cultural studies, focusing on issues of gender, identity, the impact of new technologies, and life changes. Opening up new areas of debate, the study sheds new light on audiences and their responses to issues such as sex and violence on television. A unique study of contemporary tv audience behaviour and attitudes, TV Living offers a fascinating insight into the complex relationship between mass media and people's lives today.

Prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Studying television and everyday lifep. 3
The Audience Tracking Study methodologyp. 13
Television and everyday lifep. 21
Television and the organisation of timep. 23
Household life and televisionp. 35
Television, the household and everyday lifep. 49
Summary of key findingsp. 50
News consumption and everyday lifep. 52
Previous studies of news consumptionp. 52
News and current affairsp. 54
Patterns of news consumptionp. 63
News consumption: young adultsp. 67
News consumption: adultsp. 72
Television news and everyday lifep. 76
Summary of key findingsp. 78
Transitions and changep. 79
Previous studies of television and life changesp. 79
Young adults: transition and changep. 82
Adults: transition and changep. 93
Couples, life changes and televisionp. 101
Transitions and change in life before 50p. 108
Summary of key findingsp. 109
Television's personal meanings: companionship, guilt and social interactionp. 110
What television means to individualsp. 112
Television guiltp. 119
Talking about televisionp. 128
Television and everyday life: meaning and identityp. 130
Television and identity in the Audience Tracking Study Diariesp. 132
Television's personal meaningsp. 138
Summary of key findingsp. 139
Video and technology in the homep. 141
The rise of videop. 142
Video and everyday life in the Audience Tracking Studyp. 143
Satellite and cablep. 161
Other television technologies, and the futurep. 165
Enough technology?p. 170
Summary of key findingsp. 171
The retired and elderly audiencesp. 173
What does it mean to be old?p. 176
Life in retirementp. 182
Elderly people's relationship with televisionp. 195
The elderly on watching televisionp. 200
Television viewing in later life: some theoryp. 205
Summary of key findingsp. 207
Gender and televisionp. 209
Previous studies of gender and televisionp. 209
What do men and women actually watch?p. 218
Should we talk about 'women's' and 'men's' interests?p. 219
Is television output biased towards women or men?p. 221
Should we still classify soap operas as 'women's programmes'?p. 226
The representation of womenp. 230
Catering for men with sport and sex?p. 233
The representation of homosexualityp. 238
Gender issues in the householdp. 240
A change of genderp. 245
Summary of key findingsp. 246
Television violence and other controversiesp. 248
Previous studies of television violence and issues of tastep. 248
Media portrayals of violencep. 251
Television dramap. 261
Perceptions of violencep. 267
Regulation and self-regulationp. 272
Bad language, sex and nudity, and issues of tastep. 274
Studying violence and tastep. 280
Summary of key findingsp. 281
Conclusionsp. 283
Time and changep. 284
Gender: changing landscapesp. 285
Identityp. 287
Seductionp. 288
A fragmented audience?p. 288
Reflections on writing diaries and the research processp. 289
Television consumers: consumed by television?p. 291
Further methodological detailsp. 294
Referencesp. 297
Indexp. 306
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ISBN: 9780415184861
ISBN-10: 041518486X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 22nd April 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1