Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorHuws, Ursula
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-21T09:34:26Z
dc.date.available2016-03-21T09:34:26Z
dc.date.issued2015-06
dc.identifier.citationHuws , U 2015 , ' Saints and sinners : lessons about work from daytime TV ' , International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics , vol. 11 , no. 2 , pp. 143-164 . https://doi.org/10.1386/macp.11.2.143_1
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 8628997
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 39a75ce3-a688-44c7-b7ba-5de037e4f93e
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84943787975
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/16821
dc.description.abstractThis article looks at the messages given by factual TV programmes to audiences about work, and, in particular, the models of working behaviour that have been presented to them during the period following the 2007-8 financial crisis. It focuses particularly, but not exclusively, on daytime TV, which has an audience made up disproportionately of people who have low incomes and are poorly educated: an audience that, it can be argued, is not only more likely than average to be dependent on welfare benefits and vulnerable to their withdrawal but also more likely to be coerced into entering low-paid insecure and casual employment. It argues that the messages cumulatively given by ‘factual’ TV, including reality TV programmes ostensibly produced for entertainment as well as documentaries, combine to produce a particular neoliberal model of the deserving worker (counterposed to the undeserving ‘scrounger’ or ‘slacker’) highly suited to the atomised and precarious labour markets of a globalised economy. This is, however, a model in which there are considerable tensions between different forms of desired behaviour: on the one hand, a requirement for intense, individualised and ruthless competitiveness and, on the other, a requirement for unquestioning and self-sacrificing loyalty and commitment to the employer and the customer. These apparently contradictory values are, however, synthesised in a rejection, often amounting to demonisation, of collective values of fairness, entitlement and solidarity.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Media and Cultural Politics
dc.rightsOpen
dc.titleSaints and sinners : lessons about work from daytime TVen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Management, Leadership and Organisation
dc.contributor.institutionSocial Sciences, Arts & Humanities Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionHertfordshire Business School
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Research on Management, Economy and Society
dc.contributor.institutionWork and Employment Research Unit
dc.contributor.institutionCreative Economy Research Centre
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
dc.relation.schoolHertfordshire Business School
dc.description.versiontypeFinal Accepted Version
dcterms.dateAccepted2015-06
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.versionSMUR
rioxxterms.versionofrecordhttps://doi.org/10.1386/macp.11.2.143_1
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
herts.preservation.rarelyaccessedtrue
herts.rights.accesstypeOpen


Files in this item

Thumbnail

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record