Representation of middle age in comedy film

Gatling, Margaret, Mills, Jane, and Lindsay, David (2014) Representation of middle age in comedy film. Qualitative Report, 19 (12).

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Abstract

The discourse of middle age includes a commonly-held perception that it is a time of crisis resulting in unusual, atypical, dramatic or extravagant behaviours. The aim of this study was to find out if the discourse of middle age, as depicted in comedy film, supports this stereotype. Three comedy films were reviewed using dispositive analysis to critically-evaluate the actions, objects and language employed to represent middle age on-screen. The findings show that crisis, sparked by a fear of ageing and with some distinct gender differences, is a frequent feature of on-screen middle age. Building on the generally accepted hypothesis that negative stereotyping results in the development of prejudices, the findings suggest that negative representations of ageing start well before old age and therefore contribute to the process whereby film audiences are inculcated with material which engenders ageist views and behaviours.

Item ID: 31617
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: middle-age, mid-life crisis, comedy film, dispositive analysis, critical discourse analysis
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ISSN: 1052-0147
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2014 05:02
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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