Audiences of popular European television crime drama: A nine-country study on consumption patterns, attitudes and drivers of transcultural connection

Cathrin Helen Bengesser*, Paola De Rosa, Pia Majbritt Jensen, Marica Spaletta

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Abstract

This article presents findings of a mixed-methods audience study on consumption patterns and attitudes towards European television crime narratives among European viewers. Based on semi-structured interviews in Denmark, Germany and Italy, and a nine-country online survey (n1321), we asked how, when, where and why European audiences watch crime series, and whether watching non-domestic European crime narratives influences perceptions of the European ‘Other’. Our findings reveal preferences for Anglo-American content, combined with a criticality towards domestic content often perceived as stereotyped. While stereotypes and personal and previous non-mediated encounters draw viewers to European content, they do not necessarily challenge viewers’ perceptions of the European ‘Other’. It does, however, enable critical reflection on viewers’ domestic societies and TV cultures, leading to a process of banal cosmopolitanism.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Communication
Vol/bind38
Nummer2
Sider (fra-til)148-165
Antal sider15
ISSN0267-3231
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2023

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