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Social Issues in Television Fiction

Lesley Henderson

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Why are some controversial issues covered in TV soaps and dramas and not others? How are decisions really made 'behind the scenes'? How do programme makers push boundaries without losing viewers? What do audiences take away from their viewing experience? Does TV fiction have a greater impact on public understandings than TV news? This exciting new book draws on unique empirical data to examine the relationship between popular television fiction and wider society.

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Contents

PART I: MAPPING THE FIELD
1. Television Fiction in Context: Education and Entertainment
PART II: INSIDE THE INDUSTRY
2. Making 'Good' Television
PART III: STRUGGLES OVER TELEVISION PRODUCTION
General Introduction
3. Family Secrets: Sexual Violence
4. A Woman's Disease: Breast Cancer
5. Casting the Outsiders: Mental Distress
6. Social Issues, Production and Genre
PART IV: SOCIAL ISSUES AND TELEVISION AUDIENCES
7. Public Understandings, Sexual Violence and Safe Spaces
PART V: TELEVISION FICTION AND PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE
8. Conclusions.

About the Author

Lesley Henderson is Lecturer in Sociology & Communications at Brunel University, West London. She was previously Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Glasgow and a member of the Glasgow Media Group. She has published several articles and papers on television production, content and reception and has two books forthcoming: Researching the Media: Issues, Ethics, Methods and Processes and Qualitative Research Design.

Reviews

This is a very important book and is a rare event in media and cultural studies since its conclusions are based on extensive empirical work. It shows very convincingly the processes which underpin the production of television fiction and the powerful impacts which such programmes can have on public understanding.
- Greg Philo, Professor of Communications, University of Glasgow
A much welcomed contribution to contemporary television research... An outstanding piece of research on an important and somewhat ignored area of television today.
- Peter Dahlgreen, Publizistik
At last a book that bridges the gulf between the study of political communication and television fiction, and between research into media production and audience responses. Lesley Henderson is both original and illuminating.
- James Curran, Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London
Social Issues in Television Fiction demostrates the value in adopting an empirical research methodology for studying social-issue storylines in television soap apera... provides a model for analysing television programmes , which might usefully be taken up with different social issues and other television fictions.
- Lez Cooke, Manchester Metropolitan University, Critical Studies in Television
The book is clearly written, and represents a valuable contribution to work on media fiction... Social Issues in Television Fiction should also serve as an ideal means to prompt students to become more interested in the process through which such programmes are produced, as well as the importance of understanding how such 'issues' are incorporated into serial drama, and take the shape which they do.
- Joseph Burridge, Critical Social Policy
This groundbreaking book crosses the boundaries between media communication, television fiction and reception.
- Jack Newsinger, University of Nottingham, Journal of British Cinema and Television