Featuring scholarly perspectives from around the globe and drawing on a legacy of television studies, but with an eye toward the future, this authoritative collection examines both the thoroughly global nature of television and the multiple and varied experiences that constitute television in the twenty-first century.

Companion chapters include original essays by some of the leading scholars of television studies as well as emerging voices engaging television on six continents, offering readers a truly global range of perspectives. The volume features multidisciplinary analyses that offer models and guides for the study of global television, with approaches focused on the theories, audiences, content, culture, and institutions of television. A wide array of examples and case studies engage the transforming practices, technologies, systems, and texts constituing television around the world today, providing readers with a contemporary and multi-faceted perspective.

In this volume, editor Shawn Shimpach has brought together an essential guide to understanding television in the world today, how it works and what it means – perfect for students, scholars, and anyone else interested in television, global media studies, and beyond.

chapter |14 pages


Global Television
ByShawn Shimpach

part Part I|2 pages

Objects and Ideas

chapter 1|13 pages

What Is Television?

A Guide for Knowing Subjects
ByJohn Hartley

chapter 2|9 pages

What Was Television?

The Global and the Local
ByTimothy Havens

chapter 3|10 pages

Objectless Television 1

ByPurnima Mankekar

chapter 4|11 pages

Global Social Media Entertainment

ByStuart Cunningham, David Craig

chapter 5|14 pages

Symbolic Ecologies

Between Technologies, Screens and Society 1
ByJorge A. González

chapter 6|10 pages

Transnational Television Culture

ByLothar Mikos

chapter 7|13 pages

Future Perfect TV 1 —and TV Studies

ByToby Miller

part Part II|2 pages


chapter 8|12 pages

The Affective Audience

Beyond the Active vs. Passive Audience Theory Debate in Television Studies
ByShanti Kumar

chapter 9|10 pages

Two Concepts from Television Audience Research in Times of Datafication and Disinformation

Looking Back to Look Forward
ByJonathan Corpus Ong, Ranjana Das

chapter 10|10 pages

Globalizing the Peoplemetered Audience

ByJerome Bourdon, Cécile Méadel

chapter 11|10 pages

Transforming Markets for Children’s Television Industries

ByAnna Potter, Jeanette Steemers

chapter 12|11 pages

Understanding Audiences

Television Publics as “Cultural Indicators”
ByAndy Ruddock

chapter 13|11 pages

Grand Designs and The Block

Audience Engagement and Modes of Consumption through Lifestyle Reality TV in Australia
ByEsther Milne, Aneta Podkalicka

chapter 14|10 pages

Engaging with Reality Television

ByAnnette Hill

part Part III|2 pages

Information, Programs, and Spectacle

chapter 15|15 pages

Transnational Mediation, Telenovela and Series

ByEsther Hamburger

chapter 16|13 pages

Outback Noir and Megashifts in the Global TV Crime Landscape

BySusan Turnbull, Marion McCutcheon

chapter 17|11 pages

Global Sport Television

Seamless Flows and Sticking Points
ByDavid Rowe

chapter 18|10 pages

Neoliberal Multiculturalism, Outsourced

ByAsha Nadkarni

chapter 19|9 pages


Here and There, Then and Now
ByOusmane K. Power-Greene

chapter 20|11 pages

The Music Video’s Counter-Poetics of Rhythm

Black Cultural Production in Lemonade
ByAyanna Dozier

chapter 21|12 pages

Screening Right-Wing Populism in “New Turkey”

Neo-Ottomanism, Historical Dramas, and the Case of Payitaht Abdulhamid
ByErgin Bulut, Nurçin İleri

chapter 22|14 pages

Transnational Screen Navigations

Priyanka Chopra’s Televisual Mobility in Hollywood
ByPawan Singh

chapter 23|13 pages

Media Spectacle and Donald Trump’s American Horror Show

ByDouglas Kellner

part Part IV|2 pages

Cultures and Communities

chapter 24|9 pages

TV Citizenship

ByGraeme Turner

chapter 25|10 pages

Televisual Identities

The Case of Flemish TV Drama
ByAlexander Dhoest

chapter 26|16 pages

The Future Is Now

Evolving Technology, Shifting Demographics, and Diverse TV Content
ByAna-Christina Ramón, Darnell Hunt

chapter 27|12 pages

Localizing Media Contents

Technological Shifts, Global and Social Differences and Activism in Audiovisual Translation
ByFrederic Chaume

chapter 28|14 pages

Curating Life, Staging Art

Modernisms and the Art Practices of Television
ByNomusa Makhubu

chapter 29|13 pages

In the Big League

Television and Gaming in India
ByDivya McMillin

chapter 30|12 pages

Refashioning Chinese Television through Digital Fun

ByRuoyun Bai

part Part V|2 pages

Systems, Structures, and Industries

chapter 31|12 pages

Understanding Media Globalization

373A Global Value Chain Analysis
ByJean K. Chalaby

chapter 32|16 pages

The Other Kind of Cold War TV (Not So Different After All)

ByAniko Imre

chapter 33|10 pages

Arab Television Industries

Enduring Players and Emerging Alternatives
ByJoe F. Khalil

chapter 34|10 pages

Structural Changes in the Ibero-American TV Market

Concentration and Convergence against Diversity?
ByGuillermo Mastrini, María Trinidad García Leiva

chapter 36|9 pages

TV China

Control and Expansion
ByYing Zhu

chapter 37|13 pages

Tactics of the Industry against the Strategies of the Government

The Transnationalization of Turkey’s Television Industry
ByEce Algan

chapter 38|11 pages

South African Television Moves into the Global Age

ByRuth Teer-Tomaselli

chapter 39|10 pages

Pirate Utopia Revisited

ByMartin Fredriksson

chapter 41|11 pages

Off the Line

Expanding Creativity in the Production and Distribution of Web Series
ByAymar Jean Christian