Lifestyle Television Show

Select ONE of the following essay questions below. To answer the question, please draw
on one case study of a lifestyle television show* of your choice that was NOT one of the
central examples** given in the lectures:
1. What is the relationship between consumer culture and lifestyle TV?
2. Wendy Brown suggests that “neo-liberalism normatively constructs and interpellates
individuals as entrepreneurial actors in every sphere of life” (2005, 42). How does lifestyle
television promote neo-liberal ideology?
3. What is “governmentality” and how does it play out in lifestyle TV?
4. How are ideas of national belonging constructed via lifestyle TV?
5. What is the role of the “lifestyle expert” in lifestyle TV?
6. Lewis suggests that “The past few years has seen an explosion of lifestyle makeover
television shows…” (2008, 441). What is the lesson of the “makeover” or “renovation” in
lifestyle TV?
7. How is affect a useful way to interrogate lifestyle TV?
8. What is “bio-power” and how can we see it at work in lifestyle TV?
9. How does lifestyle TV contribute to reinforcing ideals of gender and/or sexuality?
10. You may wish to write your own question – but you must ensure that you check with
your tutor that your chosen question is appropriate, by the last tutorial at the very latest
(i.e. week 12).
Due date: Thursday 7 November 2019, 11:59pm
Length: 2000 words
Worth: 45% of final grade
This essay requires you to conduct academic research, engage with debates around a
particular topic, and formulate your own argument. Your analysis will take the form of a
2000-word essay, with an introduction, body and conclusion. You must consult a number of
academic sources in addition to the relevant materials in the reader. Please focus your
argument around an original case study.
Assessment criteria:
• Explicit and comprehensive engagement with the question
• Demonstrated understanding of concepts, theories and arguments engaged with in
the course
• Evidence of a clear, well developed and well supported argument

• Excellent use of research to support discussion
• Demonstrates ability for independent thinking
• Good clarity and fluency of written expression
* You are welcome to choose a show that is more of a “reality” TV show than a “lifestyle
show, as long as you can make a compelling case for the way that a sense of lifestyle is
created and promoted in the show. You may also choose to focus on a YouTube clip or
series or other non-traditional TV example, but if so you must run this past your tutor in
class first.
** By “central example” this means do not choose one of the shows featured on the title
slide of the lecture (e.g. Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Fairy Job Mother, Extreme
Makeover, etc). If it is an example that came up elsewhere in the lecture, in your readings,
or tutorials, you are welcome to choose it as your case study example. If it is also an
example from a different local context to the one discussed (e.g. The Bachelor Vietnam
rather than The Bachelor Australia) you are also welcome to choose this as your case study.
You may mention/briefly discussed any of the central shows discussed in the course, just do
not choose them as your main case study example.