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

part I|2 pages

Objects and Ideas

chapter 1|13 pages

What Is Television?

A Guide for Knowing Subjects

chapter 2|9 pages

What Was Television?

The Global and the Local

chapter 3|10 pages

Objectless Television 1

chapter 5|14 pages

Symbolic Ecologies

Between Technologies, Screens and Society 1

chapter 6|10 pages

Transnational Television Culture

part II|2 pages


chapter 8|12 pages

The Affective Audience

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

chapter 12|11 pages

Understanding Audiences

Television Publics as “Cultural Indicators”

chapter 13|11 pages

Grand Designs and The Block

Audience Engagement and Modes of Consumption through Lifestyle Reality TV in Australia

chapter 14|10 pages

Engaging with Reality Television

part III|2 pages

Information, Programs, and Spectacle

chapter 17|11 pages

Global Sport Television

Seamless Flows and Sticking Points

chapter 19|9 pages


Here and There, Then and Now

chapter 20|11 pages

The Music Video’s Counter-Poetics of Rhythm

Black Cultural Production in Lemonade

chapter 21|12 pages

Screening Right-Wing Populism in “New Turkey”

Neo-Ottomanism, Historical Dramas, and the Case of Payitaht Abdulhamid

chapter 22|14 pages

Transnational Screen Navigations

Priyanka Chopra’s Televisual Mobility in Hollywood

part IV|2 pages

Cultures and Communities

chapter 24|9 pages

TV Citizenship

chapter 25|10 pages

Televisual Identities

The Case of Flemish TV Drama

chapter 26|16 pages

The Future Is Now

Evolving Technology, Shifting Demographics, and Diverse TV Content

chapter 27|12 pages

Localizing Media Contents

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

chapter 28|14 pages

Curating Life, Staging Art

Modernisms and the Art Practices of Television

chapter 29|13 pages

In the Big League

Television and Gaming in India

part V|2 pages

Systems, Structures, and Industries

chapter 31|12 pages

Understanding Media Globalization

373A Global Value Chain Analysis

chapter 33|10 pages

Arab Television Industries

Enduring Players and Emerging Alternatives

chapter 34|10 pages

Structural Changes in the Ibero-American TV Market

Concentration and Convergence against Diversity?

chapter 36|9 pages

TV China

Control and Expansion

chapter 37|13 pages

Tactics of the Industry against the Strategies of the Government

The Transnationalization of Turkey’s Television Industry

chapter 39|10 pages

Pirate Utopia Revisited

chapter 41|11 pages

Off the Line

Expanding Creativity in the Production and Distribution of Web Series