Property TV: The (Re) Making of Home on National Screens

Ruth McElroy

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This article explores how home is made and re-made on national television screens, by reference to new domestic lifestyle genres. Through a comparative analysis of the property tv of English-language broadcasters in the UK and USA, as well as through the minority-language Welsh broadcaster, S4C, this article examines the inter-relationship of domestic scenes of private homes with the formation of national constructions of homelands and national belonging. The aestheticization of everyday home life is tied both to distinct material cultural practices and to the politics of taste in the formation of cultural identities within distinct national locales.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43 - 61
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2008


  • lifestyle television; national screens
  • material culture; do-it-yourself
  • identity, do-it-yourself, home; taste


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