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Introduction: Reality Television in Popular Culture Alison F. Slade 1. Portrayals of Masculinity in The Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" Burton P. Buchanan 2. "I Was Born This Way": The Performance and Production of Southern Masculinity in A&E's Duck Dynasty Leandra H. Hernandez 3. You Better `Redneckognize'!: Deploying the Discourses of Realness, Social Defiance, and Happiness to Defend Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on Facebook Andre Cavalcante 4. Are you ready for your 15 minutes of shame? Louisiana Lockdown and Narrative in Prison Reality Television Elizabeth Barfoot Christian 5. Bravo's "The Real Housewives": Living the (Capitalist) American Dream? Nicole B. Cox 6. Frugal Reality TV During the Great Recession: A Qualitative Content Analysis of TLC's Extreme Couponing Rebecca M. Curnalia 7. Bigger, Fatter, Gypsier: Gender Spectacles and Cultural Frontlines in My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding Gordon Alley-Young 8. Odd or Ordinary: Social Comparisons Between Real and Reality TV Families Pamela L. Morris and Charissa K. Niedzwiecki 9. The Lolita Spectacle & the Aberrant Mother: Exploring the Production and Performance of Manufactured Femininity in Toddlers & Tiaras Leandra H. Hernandez 10. Manifest Masculinity: Frontier, Fraternity and Family in Discovery Channel's Gold Rush William C. Trapani and Laura L. Winn 11. Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew: A Wicked Brew of Fame, Addiction, and Cultural Narcissism Christopher Mapp 12. `Born' Survivors and their Trickster Cousins:Masculine Primitive Ideals and Manly (Re)Creation on Reality Television Matthew P. Ferrari 13. Catfished: Exploring Viewer Perceptions of Online Relationships Leslie Rasmussen 14. "`I See Swamp People:' Swamp People, Southern Horrors and Reality Television" Julie Haynes Conclusion Amber J. Narro About the Contributors

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Alison F. Slade is an independent scholar whose research interests include reality television, social media, and fan culture. Amber J. Narro is associate professor of communication at Southeastern Louisiana University. Burton P. Buchanan is assistant professor of mass communication at Auburn University at Montgomery.


The success story of reality television, even with its oddities, is a reflection of American pop culture. Reality Television: Oddities of Culture is largely beneficial to communication scholars. The authors of this volume examine the strange aspects of what is considered "real," and how and why Americans are drawn to this genre of television. The book paints a picture of the odd, yet popular subject matter in a way that has not been previously portrayed. -- Dedria Givens-Carroll, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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