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Social class and TV Drama


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Social class and TV Drama

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Social class and TV Drama

  1. 1. TV Drama: Representation of Class and Status
  2. 2. Starter – Class War • Pick a ‘person’ and as class you need to sort yourselves into a ‘status continuum’ with the highest status person at the front by the white board and the lowest ranked person by the windows. • You will need to justify your status and want to have the highest status possible….
  3. 3. Lesson Objectives • Explore representations of class and status in TV Drama • Evaluate the impact of these representations on the audience
  4. 4. Debates about our topic. • That your class affects who you become and what you can do. • Whether class is relevant in today’s society (Boundaries of class are fragmenting and people are finding it harder to identify themselves as a particular class.) • The varying limitations that being a lower class citizen enables, i.e. material deprivation can stop you from having the funds to purchase things needed for school (– your class is what has been your downfall). • The link between class and status (i.e. Being a higher class gives you a higher status and vice versa.) – If this can enable corruption amongst the classes. • Whether it is class that is important in society, or if its your ethnicity/gender.
  5. 5. Class War – Working Class • Working class is a term used in sociology to describe those employed in ‘lower tier’ jobs (low skill, education and payment). • It typically refers to a section of society dependent on physical labour, especially with an hourly wage. • The term is usually contrasted with the upper class and middle class, in terms of less access to economic resources, education and cultural interests. • Its usage can be derogatory, but many people self-identify as working class and experience a sense of pride. • What jobs would we class as ‘working class’ • What characteristics do we think ‘working class’ people have?
  6. 6. Class War – Middle Class • The middle class are any class in the middle of a social schema or structure. • They are the broad group of people in contemporary society who fall socioeconomically between the working class and upper class. • Usually there is a sense that they are not sure of their place • What jobs would we class as ‘middle class’ • What characteristics do we think ‘middle class’ people have?
  7. 7. Class War – Upper Class • In sociology an upper class is the group of people at the top of a social hierarchy. Members of an upper class may have great power over the allocation of resources and governmental policy in their area. • The phrase "upper class" has had a complex range of meanings and usages. In many traditional societies, membership of the upper class was hard or even impossible to acquire by any means other than being born into it. • What jobs would we class as ‘Upper class’ – would they even really work? • What characteristics do we think ‘Upper class’ people have?
  8. 8. People. Makeup. The hairstyle The big hoops Brick wall
  9. 9. People. Clean shaven Hairstyle. His shirt and jacket Exterior setting
  10. 10. People. Hairstyle Makeup Clothing Facial Expression and Pose
  11. 11. People. Costume Drama Costume Exterior Location
  12. 12. People. Jewellery Costume Props
  13. 13. People. Costumes Facial Expressions and Pose
  14. 14. Places.
  15. 15. Places.
  16. 16. Places.
  17. 17. Places.
  18. 18. Places.
  19. 19. Places.
  20. 20. Merlin • What does this clip tell us about class and status ? • Merlin
  21. 21. Mise en Scene Sound Camera Editing
  22. 22. What does this clip tell us about class and status ? Downton Abbey
  23. 23. What does this clip tell us about class and status ? Trinity