Media and Violence pays equal attention to the production, content and reception involved in any representation of violence. This book offers a framework for understanding how violence is represented and consumed. It examines the relationship of media, gender, and real-world violence; representations of violence in screen entertainment; the effects of violent media on consumers; the ethics and gender politics of the production processes of screen violence; and the discussions are illustrated with topical and well-known examples, enabling the reader to critically engage with the debates.

The Days of Whose Lives? Violence, (Post-) Feminism and Television

The Days of Whose Lives? Violence, (Post-) Feminism and Television

The days of whose lives? Violence, (post-) feminism and television

Chapter Outline

In Chapter 1, I argued that we cannot separate acts of violence on screen from the contexts in which they take place, nor can we equate violence with physical acts. Despite its recurrent use in policy debates, therefore, ‘television violence’ is an indefinable object and studying violence on television cannot be divorced from studying television. This chapter explores how interpersonal violence is made meaningful in specific televisual contexts. The concerns of feminist television critics frame this chapter, but are also interrogated and challenged within it as I discuss representations of violence in genres – including the talk show, soap opera and contemporary action television – ...

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