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THE FOSTERS: SAME-SEX COUPLE REPRESENTATION ON TELEVISION

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dc.contributor.advisor Foss, Katie
dc.contributor.author Vaughn, Suzi N.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-04T20:15:29Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-04T20:15:29Z
dc.date.issued 2017-07-02
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/xmlui/handle/mtsu/5430
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines depictions of a same-sex couple, on the fictional television show The Fosters. Specifically, a discourse analysis of seasons one through three was conducted, to explore hegemonic and counterhegemonic messages in this family drama. Findings indicate that same-sex couple portrayals reflect characteristics of traditional male-female television relationships. At the same time, this show challenges stereotypes through language choices and its normalizing messages about same-sex couples. Such research suggests that The Fosters is part of the evolving LGBTQ television representations and may help with acceptance of same-sex couples. These implications are especially important with recent legislation that promotes marriage equality.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.title THE FOSTERS: SAME-SEX COUPLE REPRESENTATION ON TELEVISION
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.committeemember Woodard, Jennifer
dc.contributor.committeemember Reineke, Jason
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject.umi Mass communication
dc.description.degree M.S.
dc.contributor.department College of Mass Communications


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