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Reality TV: Truth or Fiction?, 2021/22, Semester 2
Dr Kim Allen
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Unit 1: Historicising and Defining Reality TV

Required Readings:

Corner, J., (2002). Performing the Real: Documentary Diversions.  Television & New Media, 3 (3) , 255-26   

Deery J (2015) ‘Introduction: Definitions History Critique’ (chapter 1), Reality TV ISBN: 9780745652436 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0745652433 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9780745652429 (hardback : alk. paper); 0745652425 (hardback : alk. paper); 9780745690421 (ebook), Cambridge: Polity Press. 1-25   


Recommended Readings:

Hartley, J. (1996). Popular Reality. London: Arnold.

Hill, A., 2007. Restyling Factuality: The Reception of News, Documentary, and Reality Genres [online].  

Murray, S. and Oullette, L. (Eds) (2009). Introduction. Reality TV: Remaking Television Cultures. New York: New York University Press, 1-20

Redden G.(2018) Is Reality TV Neoliberal? Television & New Media. 19(5):399-414.

Further readings:

Biressi A and Nunn H (2005). Reality TV: Realism and Revelation. London: Wallflower Press. Introduction.

Bonner, F (2003) Ordinary Television, London: Sage. Introduction

Hill, A (2015) Reality TV, Abingdon: Routledge. Introduction.

Kavka, M. (2012), Reality TV. Edinburgh: Edinburugh University Press. Introduction.

Ouellete L and Hay J (2008) Better Living through Reality TV: Television and Post-welfare Citizenship. Oxford: Blackwell. Introduction.

Ouellete L. (Ed) (2014). A Companion to Reality Television. Wiley Blackwell. Publishers. Introducton

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Unit 2: Social class and reality television

Required Readings:

Littler, J. and Williamson, M. (2018). Rich TV, Poor TV: Work, leisure and the construction of ‘deserved inequality’ in contemporary Britain. In: Deery, J. and Press, A. (Eds.), Media and Class: TV, Film, and Digital Culture. (pp. 146-160).   

Lyle, S. A. (2008) (Mis)recognition and the middle-class/bourgeois gaze: A case study of Wife Swap',  Critical discourse studies,5(4),319 -330  


Recommended readings:

Allen, K., et al. (2014) 'Thinking with 'White Dee': The Gender Politics of 'Austerity Porn'', Sociological Research Online 3 (19).

Biressi, A. and Nunn, H. (2008) 'Bad Citizens: The Class Politics of Lifestyle Television', in: G. Palmer (ed) Exposing Lifestyle Television: The Big Reveal, Aldershot: Ashgate: 15-23.

Deery, J. (2015) ‘Social Class’ (Chapter 6), Reality TV. Cambridge: Polity Press: 127-149.

McRobbie, A. (2005) Notes on ‘What Not To Wear’ and post-feminist symbolic violence. Sociological Review 52(2): 97–109

Redden, G. and Brown, R. 2010. From bingeing booze bird to gilded cage: teaching girls’ gender and class on Ladette to Lady. Critical Studies in Education. 51(3), pp.237-249.

Further Readings:

Allen, K and Mendick, H. (2013) ‘Keeping it real?: Social class, young people and authenticity in Reality TV’. Sociology. Vol 47(3), pp. 460-476

Bourdieu, P. (1984). Distinction: a social critique of the judgement of taste. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Couldry N (2011) Class and contemporary forms of ‘reality’ production or, hidden injuries of class 2. In: Wood H, Skeggs B (eds) Reality Television and Class. London: BFI Palgrave: pp.33–44

Deery, J. and Press, A. (eds). (2017). Media and Class: TV, Film, and Digital Culture. London: Routledge. (see in particular Chapters 2, 6, 7 and 10)

De Benedictis, S., Allen, K., and Jensen, T. (2017). Portraying Poverty: the economics and ethics of factural welfare programming. Cultural Sociology. 11(3):  337-358

Hay, J. (2010). ‘Too Good to Fail: Managing Financial Crisis Through the Moral Economy of Realty TV’, Journal of Communication Inquiry, 34(4) 382–402

Mendick, H., Ahmad, A., Allen, K., & Harvey, L. (2018). Celebrity, Aspiration and Contemporary Youth: Education and Inequality in an Era of Austerity. Bloomsbury

Nunn. H. and Biressi, A. 2013. Class, gender and the docusoap: The only way is Essex. The Routledge companion to Media and Gender. pp.269-279. 

Raisborough, J. and Adams, M. (2008) Mockery and morality in popular cultural representations of the white working class Sociological Research Online, 13 (6).

Ringrose, Jessica and Walkerdine, V (2008) Regulating the Abject: The TV Make-Over as Site of Neoliberal Reinvention Toward Bourgeois Femininity. Feminist Media Studies, 8 (3). pp. 227-246

Skeggs B (2009) The moral economy of person production: The class relations of self-performance on ‘reality’ television. Sociological Review 57(4): 626–44.

Tolson, A. (2015). Moments of truth: telling it like it is on The Jeremy Kyle Show. In Lorenzo-Dus, N. and Garces-Conejos Blitvich, P. (Eds). Real Talk: Reality television and Discourse Analysis in Action. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Tyler, I., (2011). Pramface Girls: The Class Politics of 'Maternal TV'. In B. Skeggs & H. Wood (eds.) Reality Television and Class. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 210-224.

Tyler I and Bennett B (2010) Celebrity chav: Fame, femininity and social class. European Journal of Cultural Studies 13(3): 375–93.

Woods F (2014) Classed femininity, performativity and camp in British structured reality programming. Television and New Media 15(3): 197–214

Wood, H. (2016). The politics of hyperbole on Geordie Shore: Class, gender, youth and excess. European Journal of Cultural Studies. Online First:

Wood H, Skeggs B (2008) Spectacular morality: Reality television and the re-making of the working class. In: Hesmondhalgh D, Toynbee J (eds) Media and Social Theory. London: Routledge, pp.177–193.  

Wood, H. and Skeggs, B. (2011) Reality Television and Class. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


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Unit 3: Reality TV and Celebrity Culture

Required Readings:

Deller, R.A. (2016) Star image, celebrity reality television and the fame cycle, Celebrity Studies, 7(3): 373-389  

Kavka, M. (2012), ‘Third Generation Reality TV: Economics of Celebrity’, in Kavka, M., Reality TV. Edinburgh: Edinburugh University Press: 145-176   

Yang, L. (2014), ‘Reality Talent Shows in China: Transnational format, affective engagement and the Chinese Dream., in L. Ouellette (ed) A Companion to Reality Television, Oxford: Blackwell: 516-540  

Recommended Readings:

Biressi A and Nunn H (2004) 'The especially remarkable: Celebrity and social mobility in Reality TV'. Mediactive 2: 44–58

Holmes S. (2004) “Reality Goes Pop!”: Reality TV, Popular Music, and Narratives of Stardom in Pop Idol. Television & New Media. 2004;5(2):147-172 

Mendick, H., Ahmad, A., Allen, K., & Harvey, L. (2018). Celebrity, Aspiration and Contemporary Youth: Education and Inequality in an Era of Austerity. Bloomsbury

Meyers, E. and Leppert, A. (2018), Introduction, Celebrity Studies, 9(4): 415-425

Turner, G. (2004), Understanding Celebrity, London: Sage

Further Readings:

Dyer, R. (2004) Heavenly Bodies, Second ed, Routledge

Dyer R and McDonald P (1998) Stars. London: British Film Institute.

Hearn, A. (2006). 'John, a 20-year-old Boston native with a great sense of humour': on the spectacularization of the 'self' and the incorporation of identity in the age of reality television, International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 2(2): 131-147 ·

Rojek, C, (2001), Celebrity, London: Reaktion.

Turner, G. (2006). The mass production of celebrity: ‘Celetoids’, Reality TV and the ‘demotic turn’’, International Journal of Cultural Studies. Volume 9(2): 153–165

Turner G (2010) Ordinary People and the Media: The Demotic Turn. London: Sage Publications.

Williamson, M.  (2010)  'Female celebrities and the media: The gendered denigration of the 'ordinary' celebrity'. Celebrity Studies, 1 (1): pp.118 - 120

Wood, H. (2016). The politics of hyperbole on Geordie Shore: Class, gender, youth and excess. European Journal of Cultural Studies. Online First:

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Unit 4: Cultural labour and reality television production

Required Readings:

Grindstaff, L., (2009). Self-Serve Celebrity: The Production of Ordinariness and the Ordinariness of Production in Reality Television. In V. Mayer, M. Banks & J. Caldwell (eds.) Production studies : cultural studies of media industries. New York/Oxon: Routledge, 71-86.   

Mayer, V., (2014). 'Cast Aways: The Plights and Pleasures of Reality Casting and Production Studies', in L. Ouellette (ed) A companion to reality television , Oxford: Blackwell: 57-73   

Wood, H. (2021, August 3). ‘Grafting’ on Love Island: Ethics, entertainment and reality TV work [Online]. The Sociological Review

Recommended Readings

De Benedictis, S., Allen, K., and Jensen, T. (2017). Portraying Poverty: the economics and ethics of factural welfare programming. Cultural Sociology. 11(3):  337-358

Grindstaff, L., (2011). From Jerry Springer to Jersey Shore: The Cultural Politics of Class in/on Us Reality Programming. In H. Wood & B. Skeggs (eds.) Reality Television and Class. London: Palgrave MacMillan, 197-209.

Hesmondhalgh, D. & Baker, S., (2013). Creative Labour: Media Work in Three Cultural Industries. Oxon/ New York: Taylor & Francis

Mayer, V., (2011). Below the Line: Producers and Production Studies in the New Television Economy. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Redden G.(2018) Is Reality TV Neoliberal? Television & New Media. 19(5):399-414.

Wood, H., Kay FJ, and Banks, M. (2017). The Working Class, Ordinary Celebrity and Illegitimate Cultural Work. In Deery, J. and Press, A.  (eds.) Media and Class: TV, Film, and Digital Culture. Routledge

Further Readings:

Born G (2003) From Reithian ethic to managerial discourse: accountability and audit at the BBC. The Public 10(2): 63–80.

Born G (2004) Uncertain Vision: Birt, Dyke and the Reinvention of the BBC. London: Vintage.

Lee, D., (2012). The Ethics of Insecurity: Risk, Individualisation and Value in British Independent Television Production. Television and New Media, 13 (6), 480– 497.

Mayer, V., (2011). Reality Television's 'Classrooms': Knowing, Showing, and Telling About Social Class in Reality Casting and the College Classroom. In H. Wood & B. Skeggs (eds.) Reality Television and Class. London: Palgrave Macmillan: pp.185-196.

Oakley, K. & O’ Brien, D., 2016. Learning to Labour Unequally: Understanding the Relationship between Cultural Production, Cultural Consumption and Inequality. Social Identities.: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture. Available from:

O’Brien, D., Laurison, D., Miles, A., Friedman, S. (2016). Are the Creative Industries Meritocratic? An Analysis of the 2014 UK Labour Force Survey. Cultural Trends, 25(2). 

Scannell P and Cardiff D (1991) A Social History of British Broadcasting, 1922–1939. Oxford: Blackwell.

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Unit 5: Makeover Cultures on Reality TV

Required Readings:

Richardson, N and Wearing, S (2014) ‘The Make-Over Show, in Gender in the media. Key Concerns in Media Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. pp. 81-92 (Chapter 5)   

Gill, R and Orgad, S (2015) The Confidence Cult(ure), Australian Feminist Studies, 30:86, 324-344   


Recommended Readings

Banet-Weiser, S. and K. Portwood-Stacer (2006) “’I just want to be me again!’: Beauty Pageants, Reality Television and Post-feminism” Feminist Theory 7 (2): 255-272.

Clarkson, J. (2005) “Contesting Masculinity’s Makeover: Queer Eye, Consumer Masculinity, and ‘Straight-Acting’ Gays” Journal of Communication Inquiry 29: 235-255.

Franco, J (2008) “Extreme makeover: the politics of gender, class and cultural identity” Television and New Media 9(6): 471-486

McRobbie, A. (2004) “Notes on What Not to Wear and Post-feminist Symbolic Violence’ in L. Adkins and B. Skeggs (eds) Feminism after Bourdieu Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 99-109.

Skeggs, B. (2009) ‘The moral economy of person production: the class relations of self-performance on “reality” television’ The Sociological Review 57 (4): 626-644.

Weber, B (2007) “Makeover as takeover: scenes of affective domination on makeover TV” Configurations 15: 77-99

Further Readings

Bonner, F (2009) 'Fixing Relationships in 2-4-1 Transformations', in Tania Lewis (ed) TV Transformations: Revealing the Makeover Show, London: Routledge: 107-117.

Bordo, S (2003) Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, Berkeley: University of California Press.

Elias AS, Gill R. (2018) Beauty surveillance: The digital self-monitoring cultures of neoliberalism. European Journal of Cultural Studies. ;21(1):pp.59-77. doi:10.1177/1367549417705604

Frith, H, Raisborough, J and Klein, O (2010) “C’mon girlfriend: sisterhood, sexuality and the space of the benign in makeover TV” International Journal of Cultural Studies 13(5): 471-489

Gill, R. (2007) “Postfeminist Media Culture: Elements of a Sensibility” European Journal of Cultural Studies 10(2); 147-166

Goldmark, M (2015) “National drag: the language of inclusion in RuPaul’s Drag RaceJournal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 21(4): 501-520

Jones, M (2008) Skintight: An Anatomy of Cosmetic Surgery, Oxford: Berg (esp Chapter 1).

Kinsella, Sharon (1995) Cuties in Japan. In: Women Media and Consumption in Japan. Surrey: Curzon Press.

Lewis, T; Martin, F and Sun, W (2016) Chapter 8 A Self to Believe in: Negotiating Femininities in Sinaphone Lifestyle TV Advice, Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia, Durham: Duke.

Lewis, T (2008) “Changing rooms, biggest losers and backyard blitzes: a history of makeover television in the United Kingdom, United States and Australia” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 22(4): 447-458 [this is part of a special issue on makeover TV]

Marwick, A (2010) 'There's a beautiful girl under all of this: Performing hegemonic femininity in reality television', Critical Studies in Media and Communication, 27 (3): 251-266.

Miller, T (2006) Meterosexuality: see the bright light of commodification shine! Watch Yanqui masculinity made over! In Dana Heller (ed) The Great American Makeover: Television, History, Nation, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: 105-122.

Roberts, M. (2007). The Fashion Police: Governing the Self in What Not to Wear. In Tasker and Negra (eds) Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture, USA: Duke University Press (pp.227-249)

Redden, G (2007) Makeover, Morality and Consumer Culture in Dana Heller (ed) Makeover Television: Realities Remodelled, New York: I.B. Taurus.

Weber, B (2014) Chapter 20 Mapping the Makeover Maze: The Contours and Contradictions of Makeover Television, in L. Ouellette (ed) A Companion to Reality Television, Oxford: Blackwell.

Weber, B (2009) Makeover TV: Selfhood, Citizenship and Celebrity, Durham: Duke

Wegenstein, B (2012) The Cosmetic Gaze: Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty, Cambridge: MIT Press.

Wen, H (2013) Buying Beauty: Cosmetic Surgery in China. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press



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Unit 6: Romance Reality TV and the transformation of intimacy

Required Readings:

Cossey, O., Martin, J. (2021) Women, anger and emotion management in Love Island. Feminist Media Studies (Online First) 1–17  

Luo, W. & Sun, Z (2015) ‘Are You the One? China's TV Dating Shows and the Sheng Nü's Predicament’, Feminist Media Studies , 15:2, 239-256  

McKenzie, L. & Dales, L. (2017) ‘Choosing love? Tensions and transformations of modern marriage in Married at First Sight’Continuum : journal of media and cultural studies. , 31:6, 857-867  

Recommended Readings:

Adegoke, Y. (2018)Single black female: Love Island and the problem with race and dating 2018. .The Guardian. URL

Harvey, A. (2019) Doing Nothing: The Pleasure and Power of Idle Media Flow Journal,

Lewis, T. (2016). ‘Adventures in love, risk and romance: Navigating post-traditional social relations on Indian dating shows’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 20(1): 56-71

L’Hoiry, X., (2019) Love Island, Social Media, and Sousveillance: New Pathways of Challenging Realism in Reality TV. Frontiers in Sociology 4.

Nichols, K. (2019) Learning from Love Island? Diversification of the Hegemonic Man. Frontiers in Sociology. 4(72), pp.1-12.

Wood, H. (2017). The politics of hyperbole on Geordie Shore: Class, gender, youth and excess. European Journal of Cultural Studies 20(1) pp.39-55

Further Readings:

Alderson, D. (2014). Acting Straight: Reality TV, Gender Self-Consciousness and Forms of Capital. New Formations, 83, 7-24.

Beck, U and Beck-Gernsheim, E (1995) The Normal Chaos of Love, Cambridge: Polity.

Dubrofsky, R.E. (2009), 'Fallen Women in Reality TV', Feminist Media Studies, 9(3), 353-368

Giddens, A (1992), ‘Love, Commitment and the Pure Relationship’ (Chapter 4), in The Transformation of Intimacy: Sexuality, Love and Eroticism in Modern Societies, Cambridge: Polity. 

Gray, J (2009) Cinderella burps: Gender, Performativity and the dating show (Chapter 13), in Murray S. and Oulette, L. (eds). Reality TV: Remaking television culture. New York University Press: New York: 260-277.

Graves, J.L., Kwan, S., (2012) Is There Really “More to Love”?: Gender, Body, and Relationship Scripts in Romance-Based Reality Television. Fat Studies 1, 47–60

Gill, R & Harvey, L. (2011), 'The Sex Inspectors: Self-help, Makeover and Mediated Sex: Handbook on Gender, Sexualities and Media'. in K Ross (ed.), Handbook on Gender, Sexualities and Media. Blackwell, Oxford

Illouz, E. (1997). Consuming the Romantic Utopia: Love and the Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism. Berkley: University of California Press.

Kavka, M. (2005), ‘Love ‘n the Real; or, How I Learned to Love Reality TV’, in King, G. (ed), The Spectacle of the Real From Hollywood to Reality TV and Beyond. Bristol: Intellect Books: 93-103

Porter, J. and Standing, K.( 2020) Love Island and Relationship Education. Frontiers in Sociology. 4(79), pp.1-11.

Smart, C., & Shipman, B. (2004). Visions in monochrome: Families, marriage and the individualization thesis. British Journal of Sociology55(4), 491-510

Van Hooff, J. (2015). ‘Desires, Expectations and the Sexual Practices of Married and Cohabiting Heterosexual Women’. Sociological Research Online20(4), pp.1-10

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Unit 7: Reality TV in times of crisis

Required Readings:

Hamad, H. (2013). Age of austerity celebrity expertise in UK reality television. Celebrity Studies4(2), 245–248.  

Martin J. (2021) Keep crafting and carry on: Nostalgia and domestic cultures in the crisis. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 2021;24(1):358-364. doi:10.1177/1367549420958718  

Wood, H and Skeggs, B (2020) Clap for carers? From care gratitude to care justice. European Journal of Cultural Studies 23(4): 641–647.  

Recommended Readings:

Genz, S. (2008)‘“I Am Not a Housewife, but . . .”: Postfeminism and the Revival of Domesticity’, in Gillis and Hollows (eds) Feminism, Domesticity and Popular Culture. New York: Routledge pp.49-64

Hermes, J. and Hill, A. (2020) ‘Television’s undoing of social distancing’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(4), pp. 655–661. doi: 10.1177/1367549420927724.

Jensen, T., & Tyler, I. (2015). ‘Benefits broods’: The cultural and political crafting of anti-welfare commonsense. Critical Social Policy35(4), 470–491.

Kay, JB (2020) ‘Stay the fuck at home!’: Feminism, family and the private home in a time of coronavirus. Feminist Media Studies 20(6): 883–888.

Kay, J.B. and Wood, H. (2021) ‘“The race for space”: capitalism, the country and the city in Britain under covid 19’, Continuum, (Online first), pp. 1–15. doi:10.1080/10304312.2021.2001435.

Littler, J. (2013). The Rise of the “Yummy Mummy”: Popular Conservatism and the Neoliberal Maternal in Contemporary British Culture. Communication, Culture & Critique6(2), 227–243.

Philips, D (2016) Making do and mending – Domestic television in the age of austerity: Kirstie Allsopp’s Kirstie’s homemade home. In: DIY Utopia: Cultural Imagination and the Remaking of the Possible. Available at:

Further Readings:

Allen, Kim, Mendick, H., Harvey, L., & Ahmad, A. (2015). Welfare Queens, Thrifty Housewives, and Do-It-All Mums. Feminist Media Studies15(6), 907–925.

Bramall, R. (2013). The Cultural Politics of Austerity: Past and Present in Austere Times. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Gill, R. (2017). The affective, cultural and psychic life of postfeminism: A postfeminist sensibility 10 years on. European Journal of Cultural Studies20(6), 606–626.

Gill, R, Orgad, S (2018) The amazing bounce-backable woman: Resilience and the psychological turn in neoliberalism. Sociological Research Online 23(2): 477–495.

Gillis, S., & Hollows, J. (2008). Feminism, Domesticity and Popular Culture. Routledge.

Hall, S. M. (2018). The personal is political: Feminist geographies of/in austerity. Geoforum. Pp1-10.

 Hamad, H. (2014). Fairy Jobmother to the Rescue?:Postfeminism and the Recessionary Cultures of Reality TV. In D. Negra & Y. Tasker (Eds.), Gendering the Recession (pp. 223–245). Duke University Press.

Jensen, T. (2012). Tough Love in Tough Times. Studies in the Maternal4(2), 1–26.

 Mendick, H., Ahmad, A., Allen, K., & Harvey, L. (2018). Celebrity, Aspiration and Contemporary Youth: Education and Inequality in an Era of Austerity. Bloomsbury

Negra, D., & Tasker, Y. (Eds.). (2014). Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity. USA: Duke University Press.

Sobande, F. (2020) ‘‘We’re all in this together’: Commodified notions of connection, care and community in brand responses to COVID-19’, European Journal of Cultural Studies, 23(6), pp. 1033–1037. doi: 10.1177/1367549420932294.

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Unit 8: Reality TV Audiences 

Required Readings:

PIPER, N. (2013). Audiencing Jamie Oliver: Embarrassment, voyeurism and reflexive positioning.  Geoforum., 45 , 346-355.  

Skeggs B, Wood H and Thumim N (2008) Oh goodness I am watching reality TV: How methods make class in audience research.  European Journal of Cultural Studies 11(1): 5–24  

Further / Recommended Readings:

Boylorn, R. M. 2008. As Seen On TV: An Autoethnographic Reflection on Race and Reality Television. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 25, 413-433.

Deery, J. 2004. Reality TV as advertainment. Popular Communication, 2, 1-20.

Fiske, J. 1992. Audiencing: A Cultural Studies Approach To Watching Television. Poetics, 21, 345-359.

Hill, A. 2000. Fearful and safe: Audience response to British reality programming. Television & New Media, 1, 193-213.

Hill, A., Weibull, L. & NilsonN, Å. 2007. Public and popular: British and Swedish audience trends in factual and reality television. Cultural Trends, 16, 17-41.

Holmes, S. 2004. ‘But this Time You Choose!’ Approaching the ‘Interactive’ Audience in Reality TV. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 7, 213-231.

Jackson, P., Watson, M. & Piper, N. 2013. Locating Anxiety In The Social: The Cultural Mediation Of Food Fears. European Journal Of Cultural Studies, 16, 24-42.

Jensen, T (2011) ‘Watching With My Hands Over My Eyes": Shame And Irritation In Ambivalent Encounters With ‘Bad Mothers’. Radical Psychology Vol 9 (2) Http://Www.Radicalpsychology.Org/Vol9-2/  

Katz, E. & Liebes, T. 1990. Interacting With" Dallas": Cross Cultural Readings Of American Tv. Canadian Journal Of Communication, 15, 45.

Skeggs, B. & Wood, H. 2008. The Labour Of Transformation And Circuits Of Value ‘Around’reality Television. Continuum: Journal Of Media & Cultural Studies, 22, 559-572.

Morley, D. 1980. The Nationwide Audience: Structure And Decoding, British Film Institute.

Morley, D. 1993. Active Audience Theory: Pendulums And Pitfalls. Journal Of Communication, 43, 13-19.

Seiter, E. 1990. Making Distinctions In Tv Audience Research: Case Study Of A Troubling Interview. Cultural Studies, 4, 61-84.

Skeggs, B. 2009. The moral economy of person production: the class relations of self‐performance on ‘reality’television. The Sociological Review, 57, 626-644.

Tincknell, E. & Raghuram, P. 2002. Big Brother: Reconfiguring The `Active' Audience Of Cultural Studies? European Journal Of Cultural Studies, 5, 199-215.

Wood, F., Skeggs, B. & Thumim, N. 2008. It’s Just Sad: Mediated Intimacy and the Emotional Labour of Reality Television Viewing. Feminism, domesticity and popular cultureNew York: Routledge.

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Unit 9: Cultural intermediaries and ordinary experts

Required Readings:

PIPER, N. (2015). Jamie Oliver and Cultural Intermediation.  Food, culture and society., 18 , 245-264.  

RICH, E. (2011). ‘I see her being obesed!’: Public pedagogy, reality media and the obesity crisis.  Health. :,  15  3-21.  

Further/ Recommended Readings:

Abbots, E.-J. 2015. The Intimacies Of Industry. Food, Culture & Society, 18, 223-243.

Adema, P. 2000. Vicarious Comsumption: Food, Television And The Ambiguity Of Modernity. The Journal Of American Culture, 23: 113.

Barnes, C. 2014. Mediating good food and moments of possibility with Jamie Oliver: Problematising celebrity chefs as talking labels. Geoforum.

Bell, D., Hollows, J. & Jones, S. 2015. Campaigning Culinary Documentaries And The Responsibilization Of Food Crises. Geoforum.

De Propris, L. & Mwaura, S. 2013. Demystifying Cultural Intermediaries: Who Are They, What Do They Do And Where Can They Be Found In England? Http://Epapers.Bham.Ac.Uk/1768/

De Solier, I. 2005. Tv Dinners: Culinary Television, Education And Distinction. Continuum: Journal Of Media & Cultural Studies, 19, 465-481.

Hollows, J. 2003a. Feeling Like A Domestic Goddess Postfeminism And Cooking. European Journal Of Cultural Studies, 6, 179-202.

Hollows, J. 2003b. Oliver's Twist Leisure, Labour And Domestic Masculinity In The Naked Chef. International Journal Of Cultural Studies, 6, 229-248.

Hollows, J. & Jones, S. 2010. ‘At Least He’s Doing Something’: Moral Entrepreneurship And Individual Responsibility In Jamie’s Ministry Of Food. European Journal Of Cultural Studies, 13, 307-322.

Jackson, P., Watson, M. & Piper, N. 2013. Locating Anxiety In The Social: The Cultural Mediation Of Food Fears. European Journal Of Cultural Studies, 16, 24-42.

Johnston, J. & GoodmanN, M. K. 2015. Spectacular Foodscapes. Food, Culture & Society, 18, 205-222.

Ketchum, C. 2005. The Essence Of Cooking Shows: How The Food Network Constructs Consumer Fantasies. Journal Of Communication Inquiry, 29, 217-234.

Lewis, T. 2010. Branding, Celebritization And The Lifestyle Expert. Cultural Studies, 24, 580-598.

Lewis, T. & Huber, A. 2015. A Revolution In An Eggcup? Food, Culture & Society, 18, 289-307.

Nixon, S. & Gay, P. D. 2002. Who Needs Cultural Intermediaries? Cultural Studies, 16, 495-500.

Maguire, J. S. & Matthews, J. 2012. Are We All Cultural Intermediaries Now? An Introduction To

Cultural Intermediaries In Context. European Journal Of Cultural Studies, 15, 551-562.

Rousseau, S. 2015. The Celebrity Quick-Fix. Food, Culture & Society, 18, 265-287.

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Unit 10: Reality TV and spatial representation 

Required Readings:

BELL, D. & HOLLOWS, J. (2007). Mobile homes. Space and culture., 10 , 22-39.  

Further/ Recommended Readings:

Appadurai, A. 1996. Modernity Al Large: Cultural Dimensions Of Globalization, U Of Minnesota Press.

Ayish, M. 2011. Television Reality Shows In The Arab World. Journalism Studies, 12, 768-779.

Baltruschat, D. 2009. Reality TV Formats: The Case Of Canadian Idol. Canadian Journal Of Communication, 34, 41.

Dunn, D. 2005. Playing The Tourist: Ideology And Aspiration In British Television Holiday Programmes. In Bell, D And Hollows, J (Eds), Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption And Taste (Pp. 128 – 142). Maidenhead, Uk: Open University Press.

Freidberg, S. 2003. Editorial Not All Sweetness And Light: New Cultural Geographies Of Food. Social And Cultural Geography, 4:1, 3-6.

Gallagher, M. 2004. What’s so funny about Iron Chef? Journal of Popular Film and Television, 31, 176-184.

Katz, E. & Liebes, T. 1990. Interacting With" Dallas": Cross Cultural Readings Of American Tv. Canadian Journal Of Communication, 15, 45.

Kuipers, G. & De Kloet, J. 2009. Banal Cosmopolitanism And The Lord Of The Rings: The Limited Role Of National Differences In Global Media Consumption. Poetics, 37, 99-118.

Leer, J. & Kjær, K. M. 2015. Strange Culinary Encounters. Food, Culture & Society, 18, 309-327.

Massey, D. 1999. "Imagining globalization: power-geometries of time-space." Global futures. Palgrave Macmillan UK, 27-44.

McMillin, D. C. 2001. Localizing the global Television and hybrid programming in India. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 4, 45-68.

Miller, D. 1998. Coca-Cola: A Black Sweet Drink From Trinidad1. Material Cultures: Why Some Things Matter, 169.

Moores, S. 1993. Television, Geography And Mobile Privatization'. European Journal Of Communication, 8, 365-379.

Palmie, S. 2006. Creolization and Its Discontents. Annual Review of Anthropology, 35, 433-456

Pieterse, J. N. 1994. Globalisation as hybridisation. International sociology, 9, 161-184.

Robertson, R. 2012. Globalisation or glocalisation? Journal of International Communication, 18, 191-208.

Roscoe, J. 2001. Big Brother Australia Performing The ‘Real’twenty-Four-Seven. International Journal Of Cultural Studies, 4, 473-488.

Scannell, P. 2002. Big Brother As A Television Event. Television & New Media, 3, 271-282.

Wang, Georgette. "Going beyond the dualistic view of culture and market economy: Learning from the localization of reality television in Greater China." Chinese Journal of Communication 2.2 (2009): 127-139.



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