Arrested Development and Philosophy: They've Made a Huge by J. Jeremy Wisnewski, Kristopher G. Phillips PDF

By J. Jeremy Wisnewski, Kristopher G. Phillips

ISBN-10: 1118146263

ISBN-13: 9781118146262

A sensible philosophical examine the cult hit tv convey, Arrested Development

Arrested improvement earned six Emmy awards, a Golden Globe award, severe acclaim, and a faithful cult following--and then it used to be canceled. thankfully, this booklet steps into the void left by way of the show's untimely dying via exploring the interesting philosophical matters on the middle of the quirky Bluths and their comedian exploits. no matter if it's reflecting on Gob's self-deception or digging into Tobias's double entendres, you'll watch your favourite scenes and episodes of the convey in a complete new way.
Takes an pleasing examine the philosophical rules and tensions within the show's plots and themes
promises new insights concerning the Bluth kinfolk and different characters: Is George Michael's overwhelm on his cousin unnatural? Is it immoral for Lindsay to lie approximately stealing outfits to conceal the truth that she has a task? Are the images particularly of bunkers or balls?
permits you to sound super-smart as you rattle off the names of significant philosophers like Sartre and Aristotle to give an explanation for key characters and episodes of the show

choked with thought-provoking insights, Arrested improvement and Philosophy is vital studying for an individual who desires to recognize extra approximately their past due, lamented television express. And it'll hold you entertained until eventually the long-awaited Arrested improvement motion picture ultimately comes out. (Whenever that is.)

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Symbolic violence This notion of misrecognition – which as we will see is particularly important for thinking about the power implications of media rituals – has been developed more precisely by Bourdieu through his concept of ‘symbolic violence’. As originally introduced, this term had quite a limited scope: ‘symbolic violence, the gentle, invisible form of violence, which is never recognised as such, and is not so much undergone as 39 RITUAL SPACE chosen, the violence of credit, confidence, obligation, personal loyalty, hospitality, gifts, gratitude, piety’ (1977: 192; cf.

From this perspective, the weakness of most Durkheimian and neo-Durkheimian accounts of ritual becomes clearer. It is not that they lack a notion of symbolic power; what they lack is an understanding of that power’s inseparability from symbolic violence. Dayan and Katz’s analysis of media events, for example, depends on a notion of symbolic power; without it, their idea that television makes possible new forms of social togetherness would make no sense (Dayan and Katz 1992: 17). But they do not challenge the unequal distribution of symbolic power without which these effects would be impossible (see Chapter 4).

Ritual performances may, even so, have specific resonances which are contradictory. Any term in a ritual may have condensed within it a range of references to both specific and general features of social experience: for Turner, the symbolic is inherently multi-valent and potentially contradictory (Turner 1977a). Ritual involves another, rather different, type of ambiguity, appearing to be both necessary and open to individual appropriation and reflection, since every ritual performance is always only a rough approximation to some imagined form.

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