• Michael Lovelock


This chapter sets out the thematic and theoretical groundwork for the study that follows. Lovelock outlines what reality TV is and where it came from, the knotty debates around politics, taste and the ‘real’ that are bound up with analysing queer visibility in reality TV, and the different reality sub-forms this book will engage with: intimate strangers shows, makeover shows, talent shows and docusoaps. In addition, Lovelock explains the book’s theoretical approach to queer identities and media representation, influenced by queer and post-structuralist conceptions of these identities as performative, discursive and culturally constructed. Finally, this chapter sets out and explains the national focus and time-frame of the study, and finishes with a summary of each chapter.


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  • Michael Lovelock
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  1. 1.Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam

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