TV Family Values: Gender, Domestic Labor, and 1980s Sitcoms (Paperback)

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TV Family Values: Gender, Domestic Labor, and 1980s Sitcoms (Paperback)


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During the 1980s, U.S. television experienced a reinvigoration of the family sitcom genre. In TV Family Values, Alice Leppert focuses on the impact the decade's television shows had on middle class family structure. These sitcoms sought to appeal to upwardly mobile “career women” and were often structured around non-nuclear families and the reorganization of housework. Drawing on Foucauldian and feminist theories, Leppert examines the nature of sitcoms such as Full House, Family Ties, Growing Pains, The Cosby Show, and Who's the Boss? against the backdrop of a time period generally remembered as socially conservative and obsessed with traditional family values. 
ALICE LEPPERT is an assistant professor of media and communication studies at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
Product Details ISBN: 9780813592671
ISBN-10: 0813592674
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2019
Pages: 192
Language: English
"The sharp and insightful analysis of 1980s family sitcoms we need! An engaging assessment of TV comedy in a changing culture of gender, work, and home during a transitional decade."
— Elana Levine

“Insightful, well-argued and carefully researched, TV Family Values gives a rich and multifaceted picture of the social, cultural and political currents at play in 80s sitcoms.”
— Joanne Morreale

— Choice

"Leppert provides an excellent analysis of the significant storylines and “fantasies” that provided a lens with which to view the realities of the Reagan Era."

— H-Net