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Audiences’ perceptions of place, society and (TV) culture in popular European audiovisual crime narratives

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With the increasing distribution of European crime TV series abroad, viewers have encountered the locations, people and (TV) cultures of in other European countries. This paper provides a unique pan-European perspective on the how audiences perceive and understand the images and identities of other cultures and people they see in popular European crime series. The paper is based on an audience study carried out in eight European countries (IT, DK, D, F, UK, HU, RO, GR) and combines qualitative and quantitative methods: in-depth interviews with 14 viewers from Denmark, Germany and Italy and an online survey in all eight countries; carried out February till June 2020.
Based on the data, this paper shows: 1) The differences viewers perceive between the domestic and foreign content influence their image of other national (TV) cultures, which therefore changes the ways in which different nations are perceived via TV across Europe. 2) Across Europe, male and female viewers are attentive to the differences in the ways gender roles are displayed in series from other countries, but highlight different aspects of these identities. 3) The visual identity and audiovisual atmosphere of TV series are key criteria for informing viewers’ image of other countries. These findings highlight the fluidity of images and identities of national (media) cultures when seen from a pan-European point of view.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year12 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2021
EventNECS 2021: Transitions: Moving Images and Bodies - University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy
Duration: 7 Jun 202113 Jun 2021


ConferenceNECS 2021
LocationUniversity of Palermo

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