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'Oh goodness, I am watching reality TV': how methods make class in audience research

Skeggs, Bev and Thumim, Nancy and Wood, Helen (2008) 'Oh goodness, I am watching reality TV': how methods make class in audience research. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 11 (1). pp. 5-24. ISSN 1460-3551

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1367549407084961

Abstract

One of the most striking challenges encountered during the empirical stages of our audience research project, `Making Class and the Self through Televised Ethical Scenarios' (funded as part of the ESRC's Identities and Social Action programme), stemmed from how the different discursive resources held by our research participants impacted upon the kind of data collected. We argue that social class is reconfigured in each research encounter, not only through the adoption of moral positions in relation to `reality' television as we might expect, but also through the forms of authority available for participants. Different methods enabled the display of dissimilar relationships to television: reflexive telling, immanent positioning and affective responses all gave distinct variations of moral authority.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://intl-ecs.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2008 SAGE Publications
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2009 13:56
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 09:22
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/23561

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