Representation of working class
Eastenders <ul><li>Cockney accent – stereotypical working class dialect. </li></ul><ul><li>Graffiti – connotates a run dow...
<ul><li>Darren has social mobility – trying to improve his standard of living and employability. </li></ul><ul><li>Vanessa...
Brookside <ul><li>Accent – from Liverpool; stereotypically working class area. </li></ul><ul><li>Channel 4’s first soap. <...
<ul><li>Middle class suspicious of working class – living in same estate – supposed threat to lifestyle and possessions.  ...
Old Coronation Street <ul><li>Theme music – northern brass band </li></ul><ul><li>Audience predominantly female </li></ul>...
<ul><li>The Tanners – loving family, hard up, bad reputation, single mother renown for her affairs. </li></ul><ul><li>Son ...
<ul><li>Terraced housing and cobbled streets. </li></ul><ul><li>Factory workers – mostly female & a homosexual – stereotyp...
<ul><li>Strong female characters – barmaids – Becky & Liz – gobby. Liz is an interfering and intimidating lady.  </li></ul...
How soaps have changed: <ul><li>More teenagers actors, dealing with teenage issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity in other c...
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  1. 1. Representation of working class
  2. 2. Eastenders <ul><li>Cockney accent – stereotypical working class dialect. </li></ul><ul><li>Graffiti – connotates a run down city, vandalism, yob culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Run down businesses – laundrette/café/ market – represents the poorer end of incomes, self employed businesses. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong, dominant female characters – Janine/ Lauren – street confrontation, no shame, not afraid to publicly express feelings, bitchy characters. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Darren has social mobility – trying to improve his standard of living and employability. </li></ul><ul><li>Vanessa and Jodie – previously middle class – trying to maintain middle class lifestyle without a steady income. </li></ul><ul><li>Arthur – trying to earn a living as his middle class father has lost his job – doesn’t want to work towards better employment; wants money. </li></ul><ul><li>Dysfunctional families – Butcher family – Mother in prison, daughter prostitute, son excluded from school, clever daughter. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Brookside <ul><li>Accent – from Liverpool; stereotypically working class area. </li></ul><ul><li>Channel 4’s first soap. </li></ul><ul><li>Economic threat – job cuts/ people on dole – usually associated with working class. </li></ul><ul><li>Rape/Murder storylines. </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerance of homosexuals. </li></ul><ul><li>Youth culture – graffiti in houses </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Middle class suspicious of working class – living in same estate – supposed threat to lifestyle and possessions. </li></ul><ul><li>Housing looks middle class – working class families aspiring for a better lifestyle. </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at a working class audience – can relate to issues discussed in the show. </li></ul><ul><li>Decline in industry – reflects social problems at the time – sense of realism. </li></ul><ul><li>Aim was to create a programme that reflected Britain in the 1980s. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Old Coronation Street <ul><li>Theme music – northern brass band </li></ul><ul><li>Audience predominantly female </li></ul><ul><li>Strong female characters – Ena Sharples/ Barmaid. </li></ul><ul><li>Typical working class – spend a lot of time in the pub. </li></ul><ul><li>Shop – everything stored behind the counter – insecurities. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The Tanners – loving family, hard up, bad reputation, single mother renown for her affairs. </li></ul><ul><li>Son - Dennis Tanner – young, angry, ex-convict, thinks society is prejudice against him, unemployed. </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotypical working class family – son and daughter unemployed, not allowed credit in the shop or pub, untidy house. </li></ul><ul><li>The Barlows – working class family. </li></ul><ul><li>Son – Ken Barlow – ashamed of being working class – snob at university where he has picked up other values – Ken aspires to get away from his working class background. </li></ul><ul><li>Family are close – help each other (fixing bike in living room) – Ken is embarrassed by this. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Terraced housing and cobbled streets. </li></ul><ul><li>Factory workers – mostly female & a homosexual – stereotypical. </li></ul><ul><li>Modernisation – decoration and neat. </li></ul><ul><li>Café & pub – stereotypical misé en scene. </li></ul><ul><li>Accent – Mancs. </li></ul><ul><li>Deals with current issues – financial issues and domestics. </li></ul><ul><li>Teenage pregnancy & immigration – current issues. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Strong female characters – barmaids – Becky & Liz – gobby. Liz is an interfering and intimidating lady. </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerance to gays – Young lesbians and a gay. </li></ul><ul><li>Ethnic groups running shop – stereotypical portrayal. </li></ul><ul><li>Tolerance to disabled as well. </li></ul><ul><li>Ken Barlow – never escaped his working class background. </li></ul><ul><li>Kevin Webster – Mechanic – working class. </li></ul><ul><li>Carla – Dominant business woman. </li></ul>
  10. 10. How soaps have changed: <ul><li>More teenagers actors, dealing with teenage issues. </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity in other cultures and sexuality. </li></ul><ul><li>Industrialisation offers job opportunities for women. </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at a broader demographic audience. </li></ul>How soaps have stayed the same: <ul><li>Dominant female characters still exist. </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with domestic and personal problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Deal with current affairs. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain their working class background stereotype. </li></ul>
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