Soap ppera and social issues affecting women: a study of the portrayal of sex crime in soaps

Zucconi, Jessica (2016) Soap ppera and social issues affecting women: a study of the portrayal of sex crime in soaps. UNSPECIFIED dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Soap operas are increasingly researched by academics due to their popularity with audiences and ongoing controversial storylines. This dissertation establishes soaps as a female genre and how it acts as a public service entertainment programme, due to its educational features through its portrayal of social realism. The clear themes that emerged are the influential power of the media, in particular television on its viewers and how the representation of social issues can affect public perception and beliefs. Social issues are consistently reported in the news which transcends onto television drama such as soap opera. This body of work considers the significant role soaps play in raising awareness through their dramatization of issues that are of public concern. This dissertation analyses EastEnders (1985- present) and Coronation Street (1960- present) examples of sex crime against women to depict whether soaps are accurate in their characterisation of female victims and if they are progressive in changing judgements or simply reinforcing misogynistic ideologies. Through analysis of the research presented, this dissertation examines whether patriarchal discourse is rife through demonization of women in the media. This will be framed in the context of how soap opera push the boundaries of taboo subjects and stigmatisation despite also illustrating stereotypical representations to counter-argue this.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2016 14:31
    Last Modified: 11 Nov 2016 14:31

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