'We just make the pictures...?' How work is portrayed in children's feature length films

McDonald, Paula K. (2009) 'We just make the pictures...?' How work is portrayed in children's feature length films. Culture and Organization, 15(1), pp. 21-38.

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This article explores how adult paid work is portrayed in 'family' feature length films. The study extends previous critical media literature which has overwhelmingly focused on depictions of gender and violence, exploring the visual content of films that is relevant to adult employment. Forty-two G/PG films were analyzed for relevant themes. Consistent with the exploratory nature of the research, themes emerged inductively from the films' content. Results reveal six major themes: males are more visible in adult work roles than women; the division of labour remains gendered; work and home are not mutually exclusive domains; organizational authority and power is wielded in punitive ways; there are avenues to better employment prospects; and status/money is paramount. The findings of the study reflect a range of subject matters related to occupational characteristics and work-related communication and interactions which are typically viewed by children in contemporary society.

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ID Code: 27151
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Employment, Occupational Choice, Gendered Division of Labour, Critical Media, Film
DOI: 10.1080/14759550802709517
ISSN: 1475-9551
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2009 01:36
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:55

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