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The Makeover: Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences

Katherine Sender


Watch this show, buy this product, you can be a whole new you! Makeover television shows repeatedly promise self-renewal and the opportunity for reinvention, but what do we know about the people who watch them? As it turns out, surprisingly little. This is the first book to consider the rapid rise of makeover shows from the perspectives of their viewers. It argues that this genre of reality television continues a long history of self-improvement, shaped through contemporary media, technological, and economic contexts. Most people think that reality television viewers are ideological dupes and ... More

Keywords: makeover television shows, self-renewal, reinvention, reality television, self-improvement, through contemporary media, television viewers, audience research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814740699
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814740699.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Sender, author