A Companion to Reality Television

A Companion to Reality Television

Editor(s): Laurie Ouellette

Published Online: 13 JAN 2014 07:54AM EST

Print ISBN: 9780470659274

Online ISBN: 9781118599594

DOI: 10.1002/9781118599594

About this Book

International in scope and more comprehensive than existing collections, A Companion to Reality Television presents a complete guide to the study of reality, factual and nonfiction television entertainment, encompassing a wide range of formats and incorporating cutting-edge work in critical, social and political theory.

  • Original in bringing cutting-edge work in critical, social and political theory into the conversation about reality TV
  • Consolidates the latest, broadest range of scholarship on the politics of reality television and its vexed relationship to culture, society, identity, democracy, and "ordinary people" in the media
  • Includes primetime reality entertainment as well as precursors such as daytime talk shows in the scope of discussion
  • Contributions from a list of international, leading scholars in this field

Table of contents

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  1. Part One: Producing Reality - Industry, Labor, and Marketing

  2. Part Two: Television Realities - History, Genre, and Realism

  3. Part Three: Dilemmas of Visibility - Identity and Difference

  4. Part Four: Empowerment or Exploitation? - Ordinary People and Reality Television

  5. Part Five: Subjects of Reality - Making/Selling Selves and Lifestyles

  6. Part Six: Affective Registers - Reality, Sentimentality, and Feeling

  7. Part Seven: The Politics of Reality - Global Culture, National Identity, and Public Life

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