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Mediated Class-ifications: Representations of Class and Culture in Contemporary British Television

Morley, David G.. 2009. Mediated Class-ifications: Representations of Class and Culture in Contemporary British Television. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 12(4), pp. 487-508. ISSN 1367-5494 [Article]

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This article takes, as its point of departure, recent debates about the representation of working-class life, especially the lives of the 'feckless poor', on reality television in the UK. These issues are contextualized by reference to a set of wider-ranging historical debates about: a) the category of class as a mode of social determination (and as an explanatory model); b) the relations of language, class and culture in educational sociology and in community publishing; and, c) in relation to classical Marxism's theorization of both the 'respectable' working class and the lumpen proletariat. The article concludes with a consideration of debates about the representation of the working class in the contemporary British TV drama series Shameless.

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Article

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https://doi.org/10.1177/1367549409343850

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Media and Communications
Research Office > REF2014

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2009Published

Item ID:

6103

Date Deposited:

18 Oct 2011 11:05

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11 Jan 2019 14:37

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

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http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/6103

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