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Uses of Television - John Hartley

Uses of Television

Hardcover Published: 17th December 1998
ISBN: 9780415085083
Number Of Pages: 260

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How does television function within society? Why have both its programs and its audiences been so widely denigrated?
Taking inspiration from Richard Hoggarts classic study "The Uses of Literacy, " John Hartley's 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, to the much-overlooked cultural impact of the refrigerator.

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"Well illustrated with examples, most of the British or European, the volume makes for one of the more thoughtful assessments of television's role and potential. For extensive collections supporting course work in international communication at the upper-division undergraduate level and above." -Choice, July/August '99

Figuresp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
(Pre-script) Per-sona: selves, knowledge, booksp. 1
What are the uses of television studies? A modern archaeologyp. 15
TV studies as cross-demographic communicationp. 27
Television as transmodern teachingp. 38
Teaching not power: ideological atrocities and improper questionsp. 48
Knowledge, television and the 'textual tradition'p. 55
Brief encounters, khaki shorts and wilful blindness: television without televisionp. 71
Housing television: a film, a fridge and social democracyp. 92
Democracy as defeat: the social eye of cultural studiesp. 112
Schools of thought: desire and fear; discourse and politicsp. 127
People who knead people: permanent education and the amelioration of mannersp. 140
Democratainment: television and cultural citizenshipp. 154
Influx of the feared: democratization, schooling, cultural studiesp. 166
Clueless? Not! DIY citizenshipp. 177
(Post-script) Suburbanality (in cultural studies)p. 189
Glossary of concepts and neologismsp. 204
Do-It-Yourself TV studiesp. 225
Referencesp. 235
Indexp. 242
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ISBN: 9780415085083
ISBN-10: 041508508X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 17th December 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1