Television Culture and Women's Lives: Thirtysomething and the Contradictions of Gender (Feminist Cultural Studies) (Paperback)

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Contemporary cultural theory, feminist criticism, and ethnography converge in this provocative study of the construction of meaning in mass culture. Television Culture and Women's Lives explores the complex relationship between the gender conflicts played out in the scripts of the popular television show thirtysomething and the real-life conflicts experienced by baby-boomer women viewers.

Women viewers often reinterpreted the program's conservative view on gender roles, seeing it instead as a protest against real dilemmas women face as they try to integrate career and family priorities. Heide's study confirms women viewers' close identifications with thirtysomething characters and positions audience responses against the backdrop of changes in the lives of women in the 1980s and 1990s. Television Culture and Women's Lives accessibly treats fascinating issues related to cultural criticism, the relationship between mass media, and audiences, and the struggles faced by women in late twentieth-century America.

About the Author


Margaret J. Heide teaches sociology at SUNY/Empire State College.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780812215342
ISBN-10: 0812215346
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication Date: February 1st, 1995
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Feminist Cultural Studies