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'I don't wanna be anything other than me': a case study on gender representations of teenagers in American teen drama series 'One Tree Hill'

Elke Van Damme UGent and Sofie Van Bauwel UGent (2012) INTERACTIONS (BRISTOL). 2(1). p.17-33
abstract
Economic and demographic trends have turned young people into a target audience, and media producers and the marketing industry have realized that the contemporary teenage market has substantial potential. Television is still the most popular medium among teenagers; along with web surfing and social networking, television is part of teens’ daily media use. Media content is essential in teenagers’ self-representation: fictional media programs produce commodified meanings, and models of behavior and information about norms and values are repetitively delivered by attractive characters in the form of entertainment. This article gives an overview of the gender representations of teenagers in the American teen series One Tree Hill by using a qualitative thematic textual analysis. We can say that the series revolves around a male-oriented world in which basketball is the main topic. Teen subcultures are often portrayed in a prototypical manner and traditional discourses of masculinity and femininity are often reinforced. A more liberal stance was noted regarding (female) sexuality.
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published
subject
keyword
teen series, teenagers, sexuality, representations, gender stereotypes
journal title
INTERACTIONS (BRISTOL)
volume
2
issue
1
pages
17 - 33
ISSN
1757-2681
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A2
additional info
Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture (Intellect)
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
VABB id
c:vabb:336285
VABB type
VABB-1
id
2027170
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2027170
date created
2012-02-10 14:19:05
date last changed
2015-06-17 09:56:58
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  abstract     = {Economic and demographic trends have turned young people into a target audience, and media producers and the marketing industry have realized that the contemporary teenage market has substantial potential. Television is still the most popular medium among teenagers; along with web surfing and social networking, television is part of teens{\textquoteright} daily media use. Media content is essential in teenagers{\textquoteright} self-representation: fictional media programs produce commodified meanings, and models of behavior and information about norms and values are repetitively delivered by attractive characters in the form of entertainment. This article gives an overview of the gender representations of teenagers in the American teen series One Tree Hill by using a qualitative thematic textual analysis. We can say that the series revolves around a male-oriented world in which basketball is the main topic. Teen subcultures are often portrayed in a prototypical manner and traditional discourses of masculinity and femininity are often reinforced. A more liberal stance was noted regarding (female) sexuality.},
  author       = {Van Damme, Elke and Van Bauwel, Sofie},
  issn         = {1757-2681},
  journal      = {INTERACTIONS (BRISTOL)},
  keyword      = {teen series,teenagers,sexuality,representations,gender stereotypes},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {17--33},
  title        = {'I don't wanna be anything other than me': a case study on gender representations of teenagers in American teen drama series 'One Tree Hill'},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
Van Damme, Elke, and Sofie Van Bauwel. 2012. “‘I Don’t Wanna Be Anything Other Than Me’: a Case Study on Gender Representations of Teenagers in American Teen Drama Series ‘One Tree Hill’.” Interactions (bristol) 2 (1): 17–33.
APA
Van Damme, Elke, & Van Bauwel, S. (2012). “I don”t wanna be anything other than me’: a case study on gender representations of teenagers in American teen drama series “One Tree Hill.” INTERACTIONS (BRISTOL), 2(1), 17–33.
Vancouver
1.
Van Damme E, Van Bauwel S. “I don”t wanna be anything other than me’: a case study on gender representations of teenagers in American teen drama series “One Tree Hill.”INTERACTIONS (BRISTOL). 2012;2(1):17–33.
MLA
Van Damme, Elke, and Sofie Van Bauwel. “‘I Don’t Wanna Be Anything Other Than Me’: a Case Study on Gender Representations of Teenagers in American Teen Drama Series ‘One Tree Hill’.” INTERACTIONS (BRISTOL) 2.1 (2012): 17–33. Print.