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Friends, Lovers, Co-Workers, and Community

Everything I Know about Relationships I Learned from Television

Edited by Kathleen M. Ryan; Noah J. Springer; Deborah A. Macey and Mary Erickson - Contributions by Lauren Bratslavsky; Elizabeth L. Cohen; Mary Erickson; Teri Del Rosso; Erika Engstrom; William Hart; Fran Hassencahl; Alexander L. Lancaster; Kathryn L. Lookadoo; Jane Marcellus; Sabrina K. Pasztor; Kathleen M. Ryan; Siobhan E. Smith; John Shrader; Noah J. Springer; David Staton; Jan Whitt and Norman C.H. Wong

Friends, Lovers, Co-Workers, and Community analyzes how television narratives form the first decade of the twenty-first century are powerful socializing agents which both define and limit the types of acceptable interpersonal relationships between co-workers, friends, romantic partners, family members, communities, and nations. This book is written by a diverse group of scholars who used a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches to interrogate the ways through which television molds our vision of ourselves as individuals, ourselves as in relationships with others, and ourselves as a part of the world. This book will appeal to scholars of communication studies, cultural studies, media studies, and popular culture studies. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 262Size: 6 1/4 x 9 3/8
978-1-4985-1295-4 • Hardback • May 2016 • $90.00 • (£60.00)
978-1-4985-1296-1 • eBook • May 2016 • $85.00 • (£54.95)
Mary Erickson is visiting assistant professor of communication studies at Western Washington University.

Deborah A. Macey is lecturer at the University of Washington Tacoma.

Kathleen M. Ryan is associate professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Noah J. Springer is independent scholar.
David Staton and Kathleen M. Ryan
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Jan WhittMad Men Protagonists Don Draper and Peggy Olson
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Bringing together a diverse group of scholars, Friends, Lovers, Co-Workers, and Community explores the various ways that television shapes our many relationships in life. Taking seriously the role that television (and television-like content) plays in our life, the authors make nuanced and careful arguments about love and romance, family and friends, identity and culture, and fandom and community. From Christmas television movies to Veronica Mars, from Arrested Development to Mad Men, the range of topics are as diverse as the television content analyzed. For those with even a passing interest in the development of contemporary television content, this is must-read scholarship!
Paul Booth, DePaul University