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The passion of mediated shame: Affective reactivity and classed otherness in reality TV
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Cultural Studies, ISSN 1367-5494, E-ISSN 1460-3551, Vol. 19, no 3, 283-296 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article examines how mediated shame in the reality show The Luxury Trap where individuals with huge debts are being scolded for ‘their lack of economic self-control’ presents a specific kind of information about class played out as intensities, encounters and experience. Drawing on studies on affective reactivity, it extends the argument of reality TV as a site for classed otherness by examining how discordant affects, such as, non-empathic reactions to others’ emotional experiences, are formed, as well as transformed on the show. The shaming process evolves through different transitory phases: the inducing, internalization and (temporarily) reduction in shame. These sequential phases disclose the reliance on the passionate aspects of shame, that is, participants’ desire to re-enter into the common by freeing oneself from that which carries the mark for exclusion. They also provide the premise for the repetitive power of affect operation intrinsically linking class and shame together, giving body and form to the un-named, to that which drive us towards affective judgements and to the un-making of subjects. 

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2016. Vol. 19, no 3, 283-296 p.
Keyword [en]
Affect, class, discordant affect, reality TV, shame
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Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122020DOI: 10.1177/1367549415609325ISI: 000377440400007OAI: diva2:862171
Available from: 2015-10-20 Created: 2015-10-20 Last updated: 2016-07-04Bibliographically approved

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