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A Post-Nationalist History of Television in Ireland

Authors: Brennan, Edward

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  • Merges previously separate aspects of media history to offer a new perspective on how media history is written and how social hierarchy affects memory
  • Combines media theory, memory research and social history to reconsider the role of television in social change
  • Offers a local history with international relevance
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About this book

This book explores the question of how society has changed with the introduction of private screens. Taking the history of television in Ireland as a case study due to its position at the intersection of British and American media influences, this work argues that, internationally, the transnational nature of television has been obscured by a reliance on institutional historical sources. This has, in turn, muted the diversity of audience experiences in terms of class, gender and geography. By shifting the focus away from the default national lens and instead turning to audience memories as a key source, A Post-Nationalist History of Television in Ireland defies the notion of a homogenous national television experience and embraces the diverse and transnational nature of watching television. Turning to people’s memories of past media, this study ultimately suggests that the arrival of the television in Ireland, and elsewhere, was part of a long-term, incremental change where the domestic and the intimate became increasingly fused with the global. 

About the authors

Edward Brennan is a lecturer at the Technological University Dublin, Ireland.

Reviews

“Brennan’s book does what good history writing should do: it tells compelling stories of the past, while also helping us to understand the present and look ahead to the future. The critical focus on audience memories is especially innovative, and makes for engaging, thought-provoking reading. This should be an essential text, not just in Ireland, but – in keeping with its ‘post-nationalist’ approach—for an international readership.” (David Buckingham, Loughborough University, UK)

“This is a clever and original book which narrates the history of Irish television through the experience of its viewers. Because it is so different, and so well written and insightful, it will be of wide interest to people outside Ireland engaged in studying cultural history or investigating media influence.” (James Curran, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

“Modern media are now so over-arching, complex, and interdependent that any fresh analysis faces extraordinary challenges. Traditional approaches generally give pride of place to the power of the media—real or assumed. This book breaks new ground, and has a sinewy, research-rich and original basis for its fascinating approach to media historiography. This not only poses a highly relevant challenge to more narrowly focused academic approaches, including the historical ones, but will enrich public understanding of the media generally.” (John Horgan, Dublin City University, Ireland)

“A creative re-examination of the history of television in Ireland that describes and analyses the way this new medium penetrated into domestic life and shaped people’s lifestyles, attitudes and understanding of themselves.” (Tom Inglis, University College Dublin, Ireland)

“This is an original, theoretically sophisticated and historically informed book. It identifies the shortcomings of institutional and ultimately nation-bound approaches to TV history. By giving the audience, its memories and experiences, a voice, it successfully tells an alternative bottom-up history of TV in Ireland that connects far-reaching political and economic processes (like commercialization, mobility and globalization) to socially-bound and very diverse forms of TV domestication. An equally important and easily readable book.” (Susanne Kinnebrock, University of Augsburg, Germany)

“Since the time of Joyce’s Ulysses, there has been a growing awareness that Irish culture can be something of a laboratory in which we can gauge the crises of modernity. Eddie Brennan’s Post-Nationalist History of TV in Ireland is very much in this mode, and as such is much more than a book about a particular national media history. With superb insight and detailed historical research, Brennan takes seriously the complex ways in which the flows of an international media culture are absorbed by a national culture, and in doing so produces a study whose interest extends far beyond Irish cultural studies per se.” (Chris Morash, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

“A wonderful account of Irish television, one which suggests new ways of writing media history, by focusing on people’s ordinary experiences of broadcasting, and by showing that ‘national’ systems are always at the same time international.” (David Hesmondhalgh, University of Leeds, UK)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook 59,49 €
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Hardcover 72,79 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-96859-9
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Post-Nationalist History of Television in Ireland
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96860-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96860-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96859-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 231
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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