Wild Bodies and True Lies: Carnival, Spectacle, and the Curious Case of Trailer Park Boys

Patricia Hughes-Fuller

Abstract


Abstract: The Halifax-based TV series Trailer Park Boys shares some of the characteristics of reality television, yet at the same time contrives to present a vision of society that is significantly different from that of shows like Survivor. By theorizing reality television in terms of spectacle versus carnival, this chapter argues that neo-liberal-inflected, transnational “game-doc” shows and the Canadian mockumentary Trailer Park Boys invite us to construct the real in qualitatively different ways.

Résumé : La télésérie d’Halifax Trailer Park Boys partage certaines des caractéristiques de la télévision réalité, tout en présentant une vision de la société qui diffère considérablement de celle d’émissions comme Survivor. Cet article, en recourant au contraste entre spectacle et carnaval, soutient que le faux documentaire canadien Trailer Park Boys nous invite à construire le réel d’une manière qualitativement différente par rapport aux nombreuses émissions « docu-jeux » transnationales aux consonances néolibérales.


Keywords


Cultural analysis; Mass communication

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2009v34n1a2169

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