Defining Women: Television and the Case of Cagney & Lacey

Defining Women: Television and the Case of Cagney & Lacey

Defining Women: Television and the Case of Cagney & Lacey

Defining Women: Television and the Case of Cagney & Lacey

Synopsis

This book deals with the cultural constructions of gender, the many troubles that underlie them, and U.S. television's place in the overall process. It investigates the 'struggle over meanings'--specifically the meanings of woman, women, and femininity; the role of television networks, production companies, production teams, and publicity firms in generating and circulating these meanings; the ways in which TV viewers, the press, and numerous interest groups produce meanings and countermeanings of their own; and how all of these meanings clash and compete for social and semiotic space and power.
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