How far does the sitcom The Big Bang Theory go in defying stereotypical patriarchal gender roles

Staines, Jake (2015) How far does the sitcom The Big Bang Theory go in defying stereotypical patriarchal gender roles. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Media is a large part of people's everyday lives, both consciously and subconsciously. We are constantly subjected to advertisements and promotions whether we know it or not. Media influences how we see both ourselves and others, Gauntlett states "It is highly improbable to think that media does not affect people, their way of thinking, and the way they perceive the world and themselves" (Gauntlett,2008, p. 103). This dissertation will be contributing to the research done analysing gender representation in the popular American situation comedy (sitcom)'The Big Bang Theory' (TBBT). Drawing on previous research and detailed analysis of individual episodes, the results show how different opinions on how gender is represented and whether or not the characters in TBBT challenge the patriarchal privilege or not. From a perspective of social constructivism, it can be assumed that images of gender representation in both television and movies affect our perception of what we believe, a man or woman is. The results of this dissertation suggest whilst some elements of TBBT do go some way to challenging patriarchal gender norms, when considered as a whole TBBT does in fact conform to stereotypical patriarchal gender roles.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2015 15:20
    Last Modified: 01 Jul 2015 15:20

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