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Part II: A Foucauldian framework on Media ’ s influence/control on Society: Why and how are individual /society being disciplined by the power of popular cultural media?
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Part II: A Foucauldian framework on Media’s influence/control on Society:
Why and how are individual /society being disciplined by the power of popular cultural media?
Identifying and interrelating variables from our Kit literature for essay P II. (this integration is impt for your P 2 grade)
Framework: Media as popular cultural instruments shape Foucault’s ‘Disciplinary society’:
Media’s disciplinary power is invisible and continuous in its control over the self
Michel Foucault Madness and Civilization: The Birth of the Asylum; Foucault vs. Freud
Top 10 Movies That Take Place in a Mental Institution (Audience Choice)
The Truth about Mental Hospitals
Inside Mental Hospital
Three levels of this ‘spatialization’ of disease (Foucault, 1973)
Disease ontologies are differentiated by resemblance and analogy
Disease is mapped onto the human body, moves from organ to organ, undergoes metamorphosis
Specialization: a disease is circumscribed, medically invested, isolated, divided up into closed, privileged regions, or distributed throughout cure centres, arranged in the most favourable way’ (Foucault, 1973)
Contradictions between the medical ethic of curing the patient and the medical economy, which derives profit from the life-long maintenance of illness.
Corporate & global medical systems transformed the professionalism i.e., medical dominance (state authorizes) and the consulting ethic (needs Public trust) -
popular culture constructs unrealistic ideals of women’s bodies
Normal/abnormal: normalizes stereotypes of race and gender
Celebrating slenderness, lack of muscularity and athleticism. Dieting and fitness practices promoted in health, fitness and fashion magazines serve as technologies of the self for achieving ‘perfection,’ an unattainable, monodimensional notion of slenderness with its promise of ideal femininity
media offers ever more important sites of pedagogizing girls’ construction of their bodies
The Muslim girl’s body remains portrayed not only as a covered body, a ‘silent body,’ but also as an oppressed and constrained female physicality
Racial and other minorities are often misrepresented by the media, esp. in Hollywood movies
Media can impact viewers to learn their values, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors as media content normalize models of these which then are disseminated as popular culture (see, Bandura, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2001).
Popular views of normal/abnormal of : Who the girls/women are: What types of behaviors; What types of motivations; parents & the nature of relationships within families
‘House of certainty’ is set up for controlling gender related activities and physicality
Foucault’s argument: Discourse and presentation of body and sexuality in popular media are narratives of control by social institutions (Lewis, 2002)
In fashion advertisements show girls as sexualized images, infantilizes the women for controlling them with legitimacy. These ads procure such images, offer them to the public in order to sell them.