Modernization, Nation-Building, and Television History

Stewart Anderson, Melissa Chakars
Routledge, 20 nov. 2014 - 226 pages

This innovative collection investigates the ways in which television programs around the world have highlighted modernization and encouraged nation-building. It is an attempt to catalogue and better understand the contours of this phenomenon, which took place as television developed and expanded in different parts of the world between the 1950s and the 1990s. From popular science and adult education shows to news magazines and television plays, few themes so thoroughly penetrated the small screen for so many years as modernization, with television producers and state authorities using television programs to bolster modernization efforts. Contributors analyze the hallmarks of these media efforts: nation-building, consumerism and consumer culture, the education and integration of citizens, and the glorification of the nation’s technological achievements.


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1 The Opening Ceremonies of Television in Mexico Brazil Cuba and Argentina
The Case of Flanders
American Influence on Early Japanese Television
East German Television Fiction from the 1960s and the Representation of a Socialist Modernity
TV Programming in 1960s Soviet Latvia
6 Ethiopian Television Service as a Mosaic Modernity Project 19641974
The Origins of the Cinderella Plotline in Mexican Telenovelas 19681973
Images of Modernity and Identity on TV Shows from Soviet Buryatia in the Brezhnev Era
Nationality and Popular Science on Israeli Television 19681988
Early TV in South AfricaA New Medium for a New Nation
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Stewart Anderson is Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University. He has research interests in German history and collective memory. His recent publications include articles for the Journal of European Television History and Culture and Memory Studies, as well as a chapter on German television, ethics, and the evolution of Holocaust memory.

Melissa Chakars is Assistant Professor of Russian and Soviet history at Saint Joseph’s University. Her publications include The Socialist Way of Life in Siberia: The Buryat Transformation and several articles on empire, identity, and gender in the Soviet Union with a focus on Siberia.

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