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The MakeoverReality Television and Reflexive Audiences$
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Katherine Sender

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814740699

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814740699.001.0001

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Once More with Feeling

Once More with Feeling

Reconsidering Reflexivity

(p.186) 8 Once More with Feeling
The Makeover

Katherine Sender

NYU Press

This concluding chapter examines the uses and limits of reflexivity as it is currently worked through both makeover shows and audience research; as well as how both reaffirm an old-fashioned idea of the Romantic self within a contemporary, mediated context. Classic understandings of reflexivity require a disarticulation from institutional contexts, on the one hand, and feelings, on the other. One must rethink reflexivity productively to describe the relationship between these institutional contexts and the participants' expressed sensibilities that cannot be encompassed by such contexts. The conventional view of reflexivity requires that subjects be individuals unconstrained by family, history, or tradition. Rather than seeing reflexivity as a perspective that affords separation from institutions and illuminates sentimental attachment, the chapter sees it as a working compromise between institutions and attachments.

Keywords:   reflexivity, makeover shows, audience research, Romantic self, contemporary self, institutions, sentimental attachment

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