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The (Re)production of Nature on Natural Resource Based Reality Television

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dc.contributor.advisor Silver, Jennifer
dc.contributor.advisor Hawkins, Roberta Clark, Kendal 2017-06-26T17:22:11Z 2017-06-26T17:22:11Z 2017-06 2017-06-14 2017-06-26
dc.description.abstract In the last ten years, reality television series focused on primary sector activities such as fishing (e.g., Deadliest Catch), mining (e.g., Yukon Gold), and forestry (e.g., American Loggers) have been ratings hits for major television networks. These series are a new iteration in the way that nature is (re)produced on television that have the potential to influence imaginaries about human-environment relations in these rural regions. This thesis empirically examines 100 episodes across 15 different series and critically analyzes how this genre mediates human-environment relations. The thesis argues that the documentation of resource based reality series and their depictions of a particular masculine nationalism works to save a virtual image of the imaginary frontier. In doing so, this research highlights the need for more critical analysis of the proliferation of natural resource based reality television on major television networks and greater consideration of the implications for public narratives surrounding human-environment relations. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Media Geography en_US
dc.subject Television en_US
dc.subject Human-environment en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.title The (Re)production of Nature on Natural Resource Based Reality Television en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Geography en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Geography en_US
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