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Putting your relationship to the test: Constructions of fidelity, seduction and participation in Temptation Island
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8996-4636
2019 (English)In: Communication and Discourse Theory: Collected works of the Brussels Discourse Theory Group / [ed] Leen Van Brussel, Benjamin De Cleen, Nico Carpentier, Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2019, p. 115-136Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Temptation Island only seems to feed the banal voyeurism of its viewers and to offer the participants the opportunity to derive pleasure from their stay and/or to increase their celebrity status. At the same time, popular culture is an important site for the societal construction of meaning. It is a place where definitions are offered on what our societies accept or not, tolerate or not, and sanction or not. Television programmes such as Temptation Island are microcosms allowing us to examine our boundaries as well as elements in our culture that we take for granted. It is in particular the emphasis on human relationships, gender and sexuality —core elements of society— that makes Temptation Island relevant research material. The analysis of the television text and the reception of this text (on online forums) shows the cultural importance and gendered nature of discourses on fidelity, honesty, physical beauty and on the holy rules of the game. It also shows how the (male) viewers enter into a social contract with the programme, in order to ogle the (female) bodies, to derive pleasure from the failure and misfortunes of the participants, and to tolerate emotional abuse in the name of the game.

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Bristol: Intellect Ltd., 2019. p. 115-136
Keywords [en]
temptation island, gender, social construction, reality TV
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Media and Communications
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-388248ISBN: 9781789380545 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-388248DiVA, id: diva2:1332043
Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-06-27 Last updated: 2019-06-27

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