I thought it would be a good idea to upload my dissertation to the world wide interwebs.
So here it is. It's called 'Gender and class in Make Over Television'
I got a first for it so it can't be that bad.
Here's a picture of me holding it:
To wet your appetite here's the abstract:
Makeover television as a genre has gained a vast amount of influence and for many people these programmes serve as lifestyle guides. It is for this reason that a close inspection of the ideologies displayed within this genre of television programming is necessary to allow us to gauge whether these messages are appropriate. Furthermore with the rise of male participants in these programmes further examination is made all the more necessary. By conducting a close textual analysis and investigating the content of both Make My Body Younger and 10 Years Younger it was discovered that those from different genders and classes are ultimately treated differently whilst subject to their makeovers. One key difference was found within the motivations of male and female participants, with men generally being made over to gain success in the world of work whilst women are made over for their own piece of mind. Class was found to be intrinsically linked to gender with the purpose of the makeover for men being to emphasise class whereas in female participants it was down played. Another key area of investigation is self care in the excuses given from participants who have allowed their bodies to deteriorate into such a state that an expert is now required. The role of the expert shall also be examined in terms of their power to dictate what is appropriate for the participants in regards to lifestyle, gender and class.
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Gender and Class in Makeover Television A case study of Make my Body Younger and 10 Years Younger by Danielle Almond is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.