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Author Podkalicka, Aneta, author.

Title Grand designs : consumer markets and home-making / Aneta Podkalicka, Esther Milne and Jenny Kennedy.

Published London : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource
Series Springer Literature, Cultural and Media Studies eBooks 2018 English+International
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Intro; Foreword: 'Generations of Plimsolls and Adolescent Knees': The Gleam of Self-building; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; Chapter 1 Introduction; Critical Fields; Reality TV; Lifestyle Media and Property TV; Consumption and Ethics; Moral Entrepreneurship; Grand Designs as Critical Object of Study; The Approach and Aims of the Book; Book Outline; References; Chapter 2 Production: Visual Style, Narrative Structure and the Viewer Renovator; Early Days; Format, Style and Genre; The Viewer Renovator; Episode Composition and Narrative Structure; The Dramatic Arc
Aesthetics and the Filming ProcessRecruitment; References; Chapter 3 Home: Ideas of Home and the Work of Home-Making; Home-Making Through Taste-Making; What Is a Home?; Connections to Place; Human Stories; Vehicles for a 'Better Life'; Moving on; References; Chapter 4 Consumption: The Ethical and the Extravagant; Grand Follies and Finances; Crisis at Home; Thrift; The Romance of Restoration; Recycling and Reducing Waste; Champions of Ethical Consumption; References; Chapter 5 Innovation: From Represented Novelty to Transformation in Practice; Creativity and Experimentation
Technological InnovationInnovation by Constraint; Collective Learning; Green Innovation; From Market to Social Innovation; The Uses of Television; References; Chapter 6 Markets: Creating Value in Media Industries and Consumption Cultures; Audiences, Publics and Second Screen; International Audiences and Franchise Arrangements; Digital Media Access; Social Media Presence; Brand Identity; The Uses of Grand Designs: The Australian Context; Original UK Version Versus Australian Franchise; The Ambiguous Market for Low-Carbon Housing; Media Innovation; References; Chapter 7 Conclusions; References
VideographyGrand Designs Episode List; Index
Summary This is the first academic book to examine the long running hit series 'Grand Designs', which occupies a significant place in the popular imagination internationally. 0The authors apply an empirically grounded, critical perspective to the study of television to reveal how people use the program in their everyday lives. The emphasis on everyday uses and meanings combines creatively with understanding the program theoretically, textually and in terms of its production structures. This position challenges framings of the popular lifestyle and factual television genre that has been dominated by a neoliberal or governmentality perspective for many years. 0Presented by British designer and writer, Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs follows the progress of home owners as they embark on design, renovation and building projects at almost always dizzying scales of endeavour. Understanding the program as both a text to analyse and a site of material impact, the book draws on interviews with production members, home renovators, building practitioners and audiences, as well as references to associated media formats to provide contextual depth to the analysis. The authors argue that, as a cultural object, the program is both shaped by and enacts social discourses of home-making, design value and taste. Navigating public, commercial and promotional logics, Grand Designs sparks new forms of cultural production and consumer markets.
Other author Milne, Esther, author.
Kennedy, Jenny, author.
SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject Grand designs (Television program).
Home on television.
Reality television programs.
Dwellings -- Maintenance and repair -- Social aspects.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781137578983 (electronic bk.)
113757898X (electronic bk.)