Cold cuts : visions of refrigerators in United States media, 1942-1968


Cold cuts : visions of refrigerators in United States media, 1942-1968

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dc.contributor.advisor Kackman, Michael
dc.creator Gansky, Paul Alton 2011-07-12T19:17:31Z 2011-07-12T19:17:31Z 2011-05 2011-07-12 May 2011
dc.description.abstract After World War II in the United States, the household refrigerator and freezer became interwoven into a domestic reality defined by consumption, mechanical innovation, and a tension between spatial isolation and cultural interconnectivity. This thesis positions narrative Hollywood cinema, television and print media as the dominant sites where the refrigerator and freezer’s social identities were formed and negotiated. These productions employ the devices to explore postwar family gender roles, the influence of culture industries and consumer economies within the home, and technological fantasies and fears. They also illustrate a fertile conversation between household media technologies and kitchen accessories. As a result, viewing the refrigerator and freezer through film and television representations substantially alters existing conclusions over who interacted with the objects on an everyday basis, and their effect for a culture increasingly reliant upon appliances to provide basic human needs and generate a satisfying, entertaining lifestyle.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Material studies
dc.subject Industrial design
dc.subject Electronics design
dc.subject Domestic culture
dc.subject Postwar American culture
dc.subject Home entertainment
dc.subject Television studies
dc.subject Household appliances
dc.subject United States
dc.subject 20th century
dc.title Cold cuts : visions of refrigerators in United States media, 1942-1968 2011-07-12T19:17:37Z
dc.identifier.slug 2152/ETD-UT-2011-05-2894
dc.contributor.committeeMember Kearney, Mary
dc.description.department Radio-Television-Film
dc.type.genre thesis
dc.type.material text Radio-Television-Film Radio-Television-Film University of Texas at Austin Masters Master of Arts

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