Navigating static: A layered autoethnographic account of family identity and television

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2016-08

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In this thesis, I write to explore lived realities of family life, identity development, and the influence of television. I inquire into the constructed television narratives and realities we consume in our daily life. I use reflexive, aesthetic, critical, personal narrative to document personal and political aspects of family and identity development experienced in the shadow of television realities. I offer my stories with hopes to create space for discourse on carefully constructed, easily consumed, television narratives shared and reintegrated into family and personal culture through relational watching. We are consciously and unconsciously embodying and recreating these television narratives in our daily lives. I write resistance and recognition of how doing autoethnography allows for reflexion and critical thought on the impact television narratives have accumulated over a lifetime.

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television studies, family, identity, gender performance, relational, autoethnography, narrative

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