Abstract

This thesis attempts to better understand gender roles portrayed in the media. By using Stuart Hall's theory of audience reception (Hall, 1980) the researcher looks into dance and gender in the media to indicate whether or not LDS participants believe stereotypical gender roles are portrayed on Dancing with the Stars." Through four focus groups containing a total of 30 participants, the researcher analyzed costuming, choreography, and judges' comments through the viewer's eyes. From participant responses, the conclusion was made that audience members do perceive stereotypical gender roles on "Dancing with the Stars." Participants felt that costuming was the biggest indicator of gender roles on the show, and that choreography and judges' comments also contributed to the perception of gender roles.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Fine Arts and Communications; Communications

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Date Submitted

2011-03-17

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd4348

Keywords

masculine, feminine, gender, ballroom, dance, LDS

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