Changing Media, Homes and Households

Changing Media, Homes and Households

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Media technologies have played a central role in shaping ideas about home life over the last two centuries. Changing Media, Homes and Households explores the complex relationship between home, householders, families and media technologies by charting the evolution of the media-rich home, from the early twentieth century to the present. Moving beyond a narrow focus on media texts, production and audiences, Deborah Chambers investigates the physical presence of media objects in the home and their symbolic importance for home life. The book identifies the role of home-based media in altering relationships between home, leisure, work and the outside world in the context of entertainment, communication and work. It assesses whether domestic media are transforming or reinforcing traditional identities and relations of gender, generation, class and migrancy. Mediatisation theory is employed to assess the domestication of media and media saturation of home life in the context of wider global changes. The author also develops the concept of media imaginaries to explain the role of public discourses in shaping changing meanings, values and uses of domestic media. Framed within these approaches, four chapters also provide in-depth case studies of the processes involved in mediaa€™s home adoption: early television design, family-centred video gaming, the domestication of tablet computers, and the shift from qsmart homesq to todaya€™s qconnectedq homes. This is an ideal text for students and researchers interested in media and cultural studies, communication, and sociology.... the home, this form of assimilation can be identified as a a#39;normalisation of social practicea#39; (Jansson 2013; see Chapter 1). ... Spigel (1992) explains that the framework of a#39;theatricalitya#39; was connected with and gradually fed into the idea of a#39; mobilitya#39;. ... The TV set entered new imaginative territory by moving beyond the living room into kitchens, studies and bedrooms. ... In 1956, a new portable set launched in the UK was advertised in the Wireless and Electrical Trader magazine with aanbsp;...

Title:Changing Media, Homes and Households
Author: Deborah Chambers
Publisher:Routledge - 2016-04-14

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