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  • 1. What is British?
  • 2. More than tea, beer and fish and chips
  • 3. Definitions - Culture
    Cultural Diversity: refers to the variety of cultures available in a multicultural society (such as the UK) or to the existence of such diversity in the world as a whole.
    Cultural Identity: how individuals and groups recognise themselves and present a set of codes and conventions within society, especially through cultural artefacts.
    Culture: (i) the outcome of human activity seen in areas such as the arts, media and sport. Deriving from the Latin 'to cultivate', the term refers to the cultivation of the human mind.
    (ii) in a sociological sense, the set of practices and beliefs that makes one society or subculture different from another.
  • 4. Definition - Diversity
    Different (difference)
    Various (variety)
    Diversify – to make or become different or varied
  • 5. Definition -Values
    The beliefs and attitudes held by an individual, a social group or a whole society. A person’s values are gained through a process of socialisation. Media texts are constructed to reflect and reinforce the values of their target audiences. For example, the British newspaper The Guardian is read mainly by educated left-liberals. Consequently, the attitudes expressed by its journalists in columns and think pieces are generally in tune with the beliefs of that audience.
  • 6. Definitions - Morality
    Moral standards
    Moral – having to do with right and wrong behaviour and character; principles and standards
    Moral Panics–an overreaction on the part of the media – often the tabloid press – to some new or previously unknown social phenomenon which appears to pose a threat to the established order. Stanley Cohen outlined the stages of moral panic as follows:
    • A condition, episode, person, or group of people emerge to become defined as a threat to social values or interests
    • 7. Its nature is presented in a stylised and stereotypical fashion by the media
    • 8. The behaviour is condemned by editors, religious figures or politicians; experts offer explanations and solutions
    • 9. Ways of coping are evolved, and the condition disappears, submerges or deteriorates and becomes more visible
  • Definitions - Tradition
    The handing down of customs, beliefs, stories etc from generation to generation
  • 10. Definitions - Community
    A group of people living in one place; the public in general
  • 11. Texts studied
    Films in their entirety:
    Saturday Night and Sunday Morning
    A Hard Day’s Night
    This is England
    Passport to Pimlico
    The Lambeth Boys
    Love Actually
    The Full Monty
    East is East
    Coronation Street – first ever episode
    Various Soap Opera clips
    Meet the British
    10 years of Big Brother
    Cathy Come Home
    The Royle Family
    Gavin and Stacey