"This is an immensely original and innovative book on production processes and labouring practices within the world of television. Long overlooked within media studies until now, this ethnographic and interview-based analysis of groups including television assembly-line workers and soft-core TV producers marks a new departure for scholarship into precarious working lives in the global media." Angela McRobbie, author of The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change "At a moment when production studies and critical media studies are thriving, Below the Line has the potential to not merely refresh academic work of this kind but to re-conceive it in a way that is completely attuned to the global political media economy and the complications and paradoxes of labour within it." Diane Negra, co-editor of Interrogating Postfeminism: Gender and the Politics of Popular Culture "Vicki Mayer's excellent and extraordinarily thoughtful scholarship, commitment, and political imagination link aspects of the television and media industries that have simply not been considered together so well before."oNick Couldry, author of Why Voice Matters: Culture and Politics after Neoliberalism
About the Author
Vicki Mayer is Associate Professor of Communication at Tulane University. She is a co-editor of "Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Media Industries" and editor of the journal "Television and New Media."