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Rebecca Feasey

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748627974

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627974.001.0001

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Conclusion: the future of masculinity on television

Conclusion: the future of masculinity on television

(p.153) 13. Conclusion: the future of masculinity on television
Masculinity and Popular Television

Rebecca Feasey

Edinburgh University Press

This final chapter concludes that the lived experience of masculinity will always be more complex and fluctuating than those representations of manhood and the male role being depicted in contemporary television programming. However, this does not detract from the power of the medium to define norms and conventions, to provide ‘common-sense’ understandings of gender and sexuality and to portray what are considered to be both ‘appropriate’ and ‘inappropriate’ social relations. However, no attempts have been made in this work to test the interpretations it delivers through audience research, not because such research is unimportant, but rather because the scope of this particular book has been limited to the examination of the representation of masculinities on the small screen. At the same time, there is little in this book concerning the economics, organisation, structure or production practices of the television industry in either the US or the UK. Again, this is not because such work is irrelevant, but rather because of the scope of the book. This closing chapter hence encourages future research in the field to draw on this work in relation to audience accounts and production-based scholarship. It also hopes for future research on long-running programmes that have been included in this book – EastEnders, ER and 24 – in such a way as to determine and consider the changes to the presentation of masculinities that the book has outlined. The chapter furthermore suggests for the consideration of more recent programmes such as Heroes, Skins and Men in Trees, as they are significant in the depiction of masculinities in telefantasy, teen television and comedy drama.

Keywords:   masculinity, representations of manhood, male role, gender, sexuality, masculinities on television

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