Everyday Epiphanies: Environmental Networks in Eco-Makeover Lifestyle Television

Craig, Geoffrey (2010) Everyday Epiphanies: Environmental Networks in Eco-Makeover Lifestyle Television. Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 4 (2). pp. 172-189. ISSN 1752-4032. E-ISSN 1752-4040. (doi:10.1080/17524031003775620) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article offers an analysis of the New Zealand eco-makeover program, WA$TED! It outlines how eco-makeover programs are an emerging sub-genre of the makeover phenomenon of lifestyle television where people and homes are subject to transformation by lifestyle experts, culminating in the revelation of the transformation at the end of the program. The article argues that the featured families in WA$TED! experience “everyday epiphanies” where they learn about their implication in existing environmental networks and they are ushered into new, more environmentally friendly networks. Drawing on actor-network theory, the article deconstructs the featured environmental networks, examining the roles of the program hosts, the transformations in the subjectivities of family members, and the functions of everyday household technologies and objects. The article argues that the significance of the program resides in the way the revelations make visible previously concealed linkages between families, everyday objects and practices, and the broader social and environmental domain.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17524031003775620
Uncontrolled keywords: Makeover, Networks, Environment, Lifestyle, Television, Actor-Network
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics > P90 Communication. Mass Media
H Social Sciences
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Centre for Journalism
Depositing User: Geoffrey Craig
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2014 17:35 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:49 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41990 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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