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Title [sv]
Klass på TV
Title [en]
Class on Television
Abstract [sv]
Det här projektet analyserar hur olika samhällsklasser representeras i televisionen. Projektet är en uppföljning av det svenska forskningsprogrammet Televisionens idévärld, vilket gjorde en kvantitativ kartläggning av innehållet i den svenska televisionen 1982. Projektet syftar till att besvara frågan om hur representationen av klass har förändrats under trettio år av teknisk och innehållsmässig utveckling av televisionen, avreglering av medierna och av en samhällsutveckling som har haft omfattande konsekvenser för klassamhällets struktur. Projektet syftar också till att skapa hypoteser för fortsatt forskning kring TV-publikens reception och TV-mediets produktion av klasskildringar, samt för uppföljande kvalitativa studier av enskilda texter och TV-genrer. Även om televisionens unikt centrala roll för formandet av det offentliga samtalet delvis har förändrats under de senaste decennierna är dess position fortsättningsvis stark, vilket bidrar till projektets relevans. En utgångspunkt är att den offentliga symbolmiljö, som i det moderna samhället framförallt skapas genom medierna, inte bara reflekterar utan också har betydelse för det sätt varpå samhällsklasser, klassidentiteter och klassmedvetande formeras. Frågan om klassrepresentationer i medierna är på så sätt en fråga om distributionen av makt i samhället. Därför är det högst motiverat med en ny studie av representationen av klass på TV.
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Stiernstedt, F. & Jakobsson, P. (2019). Defusing the male working class: Populist politics and reality television. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 22(5-6), 545-562
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Defusing the male working class: Populist politics and reality television
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Cultural Studies, ISSN 1367-5494, E-ISSN 1460-3551, Vol. 22, no 5-6, p. 545-562Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents an analysis of the makeover reality show Real Men, which was broadcast on Swedish television in 2016. The analysis shows that Real Men – like other shows of its genre – functions as a form of ‘governmentality’ through which forms of neoliberal subjectivity are propagated and pedagogically enforced on ‘bad subjects’. However, the show surpasses the genre conventions by questioning the authority of the norms and values (i.e. middle-class, cosmopolitan and urban values) that are being propagated and in letting the values held by the working-class men on the show eventually be victorious and accepted within the narrative. The purpose of this article is to try to make sense of a popular cultural artefact such as Real Men against the background of the crisis of legitimacy for the neoliberal ideology and the rise of (right-wing) populism, and to try to understand how the forms and genres of popular culture transform and respond to this changing political context. © The Author(s) 2018.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2019
Keywords
Cosmopolitanism, masculinity, neoliberalism, populism, reality TV, social class
National Category
Media and Communications
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-36508 (URN)10.1177/1367549418786423 (DOI)000487056100004 ()2-s2.0-85053397637 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2014-1204
Available from: 2018-10-09 Created: 2018-10-09 Last updated: 2019-10-10Bibliographically approved
Stiernstedt, F. & Jakobsson, P. (2017). Watching reality from a distance: Class, genre and reality television. Media Culture and Society, 39(5), 697-714
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Watching reality from a distance: Class, genre and reality television
2017 (English)In: Media Culture and Society, ISSN 0163-4437, E-ISSN 1460-3675, Vol. 39, no 5, p. 697-714Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The cultural significance of reality television is based on its claim to represent social reality. On the level of genre, we might argue that reality television constructs a modern day panorama of the social world and its inhabitants and that it thus makes populations appear. This article presents a class analysis of the population of reality television in which 1 year of television programming and over 1000 participants have been analysed. The purpose of this analysis is to deepen our understanding of the cultural and ideological dimensions of reality television as a genre, and to give a more detailed picture of the imaginaries of class in this form of television. The results bring new knowledge about the reality television genre and modify or revise assumptions from previous studies. Most importantly, we show that upper-class people and people belonging to the social elite are strongly over-represented in the genre and appear much more commonly in reality television than in other genres. This result opens up a re-evaluation of the cultural and ideological dimensions of the reality television genre

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2017
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31088 (URN)10.1177/0163443716663643 (DOI)000403153100006 ()2-s2.0-85020662757 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2014–1204
Available from: 2016-11-07 Created: 2016-11-07 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved
Principal InvestigatorStiernstedt, Fredrik
Co-InvestigatorJakobsson, Peter
Coordinating organisation
Södertörn University
Funder
Period
2015-01-01 - 2017-12-31
National Category
Media Studies
Identifiers
DiVA, id: project:1819Project, id: 2014-01204_VR

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