Introduction: Class Di_visions and the Cultural Politics of Serial TV

  • Sieglinde LemkeEmail author
  • Wibke Schniedermann


US television has recently begun to depart, slightly but noticeably, from class denialism and classist bias. The introduction to this volume bridges the two main concerns of Class Divisions in Serial Television: to reveal how the new visibility of class matters in serial television functions aesthetically and to examine the cultural politics of class articulated in these programs. With their chapter structure, the editors loosely follow a stratification model of social class as it is still in wide use today. One of the main foci of the collection, however, is how the examined shows and the viewing practices they facilitate disrupt the hegemonic order of class and elicit class realignment. The volume therefore also invites a rethinking of the stratification model.


Stratification Model Reality Television Creative Class Class Division Class Matter 
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  1. 1.University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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