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[ecrea] New Book: 'Exposing Lifestyle Television'

Tue Dec 09 21:12:28 GMT 2008

Colleagues may be interested in this new book:

'Exposing Lifestyle Television: The Big Reveal'
edited by Gareth Palmer, University of Salford, UK. (Ashgate)

'Exposing Lifestyle Television succeeds in revealing the anxiety-fraught class politics that churn beneath the surface of global television's most serviceable
genre. Written in clear, uncompromising language, this collection is a must-
read for anyone who seeks to better comprehend Lifestyle Television's logic of
transformation and its promise of an endlessly improvable self.'
Dana Heller, Old Dominion University, USA

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.

Nico Carpentier (Phd)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Free University of Brussels
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