'Surely the most natural scenario in the world’: Representations of ‘Family’ in BBC Pre-school Television

Godfrey, Sarah and Holmes, Su (2016) 'Surely the most natural scenario in the world’: Representations of ‘Family’ in BBC Pre-school Television. Critical Studies in Television, 11 (1). pp. 59-77. ISSN 1749-6039

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Abstract

Historically, the majority of work on British children’s television has adopted either an institutional or an audience focus, with the texts themselves often overlooked. This neglect has meant that questions of representation in British children’s television – including issues such as family, gender, class or ethnicity - have been infrequently analysed in the UK context. In this article, we adopt a primarily qualitative methodology and analyse the various textual manifestations of ‘family’, group, or community as represented in a selected number of BBC pre-school programmes. In doing so, we question the (limited amount of) international work that has examined representations of the family in children’s television, and argue that nuclear family structures do not predominate in this sphere.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: family,community,pre-school tv,cbeebies,bbc,gender
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Film, Television and Media
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2020 23:48
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57265
DOI: 10.1177/1749602015616104

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