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Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America

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Publisher Comments:

Between 1948 and 1955, nearly two-thirds of all American families bought a television set—and a revolution in social life and popular culture was launched.

In this fascinating book, Lynn Spigel chronicles the enormous impact of television in the formative years of the new medium: how, over the course of a single decade, television became an intimate part of everyday life. What did Americans expect from it? What effects did the new daily ritual of watching television have on children? Was television welcomed as an unprecedented "window on the world," or as a "one-eyed monster" that would disrupt households and corrupt children?

Drawing on an ambitious array of unconventional sources, from sitcom scripts to articles and advertisements in women's magazines, Spigel offers the fullest available account of the popular response to television in the postwar years. She chronicles the role of television as a focus for evolving debates on issues ranging from the ideal of the perfect family and changes in women's role within the household to new uses of domestic space. The arrival of television did more than turn the living room into a private theater: it offered a national stage on which to play out and resolve conflicts about the way Americans should live.

Spigel chronicles this lively and contentious debate as it took place in the popular media. Of particular interest is her treatment of the way in which the phenomenon of television itself was constantly deliberated—from how programs should be watched to where the set was placed to whether Mom, Dad, or kids should control the dial.

Make Room for TV combines a powerful analysis of the growth of electronic culture with a nuanced social history of family life in postwar America, offering a provocative glimpse of the way television became the mirror of so many of America's hopes and fears and dreams.

Synopsis:

Make Room For TV combines a powerful analysis of growth of electronic culture with a nuanced social history of family life in post war America, Offering a provocative glimpse of the way television became the focal point of so many of America's hopes and fears and dreams.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-225) and index.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Domestic Ideals and Family Amusements: From the Victorians to the Broadcast Age

2. Television in the Family Circle

3. Women's Work

4. The Home Theater

5. The People in the Theater Next Door

Epilogue

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226769677
Author:
Spigel, Lynn
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family Relationships
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Television and family
Subject:
Television and family -- United States.
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Television and families - United States
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
38 (1987
Publication Date:
19920631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 halftones, 3 figures
Pages:
246
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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