AIDS and pro-social television : industry, policy and Australian television drama

Wilding, Derek (1998) AIDS and pro-social television : industry, policy and Australian television drama. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis examines the intersection of popular cultural representations of HIV and AIDS and the discourses of public health campaigns. Part Two provides a comprehensive record of all HIV related storylines in Australian television drama from the first AIDS episode of The Flying Doctors in 1986 to the ongoing narrative of Pacific Drive, with its core HIV character, in 1996. Textual representations are examined alongside the agency of "cultural technicians" working within the television industry. The framework for this analysis is established in Part One of the thesis, which examines the discursive contexts for speaking about HIV and AIDS established through national health policy and the regulatory and industry framework for broadcasting in Australia. The thesis examines the dominant liberal democratic framework for representation of HIV I AIDS and adopts a Foucauldian understanding of the processes of governmentality to argue that during the period of the 1980s and 1990s a strand of social democratic discourse combined with practices of self management and the management of the Australian population. The actions of committed agents within both domains of popular culture and health education ensured that more challenging expressions of HIV found their way into public culture.

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ID Code: 36314
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Cunningham, Stuart D.
Additional Information: Presented to the School of Media and Journalism, Queensland University of Technology.
Keywords: AIDS (Disease) in mass media Australia, AIDS (Disease) Australia Prevention, AIDS, television, media, health, policy, thesis, doctoral
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Derek Wilding
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2010 13:04
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 23:49

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