Social Class and Family on Screen: Do Prime-Time Television Series “Create” Images of Family in Turkey?

Güven U. Z.

Global Media Journal, pp.69-83, 2011 (International Refereed University Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : Global Media Journal
  • Page Numbers: pp.69-83


Many family issues and behaviors, such as dating, marriage, cohabitation, divorce, parenting, domestic violence, the division of household labor and other daily domestic activities are taken in account on television screens from different perspectives throughout diverse types and genres of media broadcastings. The presentation of these issues has changed in family lives across all social classes over the past few decades. This article aims to examine the role of prime time entertainment, particularly of television series in the representation of changing family structure, family norms and values according to different social classes on screen in Turkey. The methodology of this research is focus group study in which the participants are married young adults (According to UN age intervals, “young adults” are composed of individuals between the ages of 19-29) living in İstanbul. A total of 20 individuals were interviewed and the participants expressed their thoughts during the focus group study. This study intends to explore diverse family perceptions of the image of family and social class as well as television viewing habits.