Collective Identity: answering the question

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  • 1. Media and Collective Identity Answering the question… A2 Media Studies
  • 2. What you could be asked…
    • How do contemporary media represent nations, regions and ethnic / social / collective groups of people in different ways?
    • How does contemporary representation compare to previous time periods?
    • What are the social implications of different media representations of groups of people?
    • To what extent is human identity increasingly ‘mediated’?
  • 3. Collective Identity
    • We have focused on representations of:
    • Britain
    • London
    • Youth Culture
    • Immigrants
    SUBCULTURES!
  • 4. Our Case Studies…
    • Film
    • Bullet Boy
    • Shifty
    • This is England
    • Quadrophenia
    • Kes
    • Somers Town
    • Fish Tank
    • Television
    • Drama – such as Shameless, Life on Mars, Skins…
    • Soap – such as EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street…
    • Sit-com – The Inbetweeners, Only Fools and Horses, Fawlty Towers, Dad’s Army
    • Music Video
    • Madness ‘Our House’
    • Kid British ‘Our House is Dadless’
    • Videos from your own research (some of you have watched hundreds…)
    • Magazines and Gender
    • Men’s Health
    • Cosmopolitan
    • Vogue
  • 5. Theory…
    • The main theories / ideologies we have considered are:
    • Identity Theories– see handout / ppt on blog for quotes and references
    • Absent Fathers
    • Masculinity in Crisis
    • Stereotype and Countertype
    • Youth and Gang Culture
    • Gender Roles
    • The divide between Youth and Adults (binary opposites)
  • 6. The Examiner’s Report…
    • Read and higlight…
    • … and yes, we have looked at Gauntlett!
  • 7. Approaching the Question
    • How far does the representation of a particular social group change over time ? Refer to at least two media in you answer.
    It’s not telling you that it DOES change, it’s asking you if it changes, and if so, how far? Youth subculture? Compare past and modern.
  • 8. Structuring you answer…
    • If I were you…
    • Introduction
    • Comment on power of media
    • Quote on identity (referenced)
    • Explain your approach (which media?)
    • Main Body
    • Begin with film (chose two or three, old and new)
    • Explain in turn, making links where necessary, the ideologies presented in these films (youth subcultures, gang culture, masculinity in crisis, absent fathers…) and how they are presented (m-e-s (fashion), soundtracks (music), locations etc).
    • Bring in terminology (eg stereotypes) and theory (identity) wherever possible .
    • Could refer to endings of films – resolution?
    • Move onto next media and do the same (eg music videos)
    • Conclusion
    • Summarise findings.
  • 9. Advice…
    • Revise!
    • Start with Question 2 (1 hour)
    • Remember for Q1 to consider the logistics and practicality of your work (eg r and p) rather than just describing what you did.
    • Have a look at your coursework and consider each in terms of
      • Audience
      • Narrative
      • Representation (unlikely)
      • Conventions