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dc.contributor.advisorGenosko, Gary
dc.contributor.authorLovato , Kristyn
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-11T03:38:06Z
dc.date.available2012-11-11T03:38:06Z
dc.date.created2011-05
dc.date.issued2012-11-10
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/327
dc.description.abstractThis study examines popular media representations of sex and death, using examples from television, film and the internet, and frames them using Bakhtin's [Mikhail Bakhtin] theory of carnivalization and Foltyn's [Jacque L. Foltyn] theory of corpse pornography. The goal is to show that taboos surrounding sexualized death still exist in contemporary society and are reinforced by popular media. It is argued that taboos continue to play a role in contemporary society and that popular media plays on its trademark illusory qualities to allow taboos to be broken in a safe venue, throwing into relief by contrast the consequences of transgression outside that space. This work increases the complexity of the understanding of how media work to reinforce social norms in contemporary society.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectTabooen_US
dc.subjectNecrophiliaen_US
dc.subjectDeath in mass mediaen_US
dc.subjectSex in mass mediaen_US
dc.subjectPornographyen_US
dc.titleSex and death in modern America : media as a haven for taboo transgressionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
etd.degree.nameM.A.en_US
etd.degree.levelMasteren_US
etd.degree.disciplineSociologyen_US
etd.degree.grantorLakehead Universityen_US


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