Let's Learn Japanese. Basic I. - Vol 1 by Yukiko Sakata, Katsuhiko Sakuma, Mary E. Althaus

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T . s . participants clash. A s a c o m p a r i s o n , I also e x a m i n e d the a g r e e m e n t s . F o r r e a s o n s t h a t I a l s o w i l l d i s c u s s i n C h a p t e r 1, d i v e r s e p e r s p e c t i v e s 29 Introduction are highly valued. This can b e seen in c o m m e n t s such as "It's fascinating t o s e e a l l t h e d i f f e r e n t p o i n t s of v i e w o n s u c h a r a n g e of t o p i c s " ( J a m i e , 1 9 9 3 s u r v e y ) . T h e f o n d n e s s for d i v e r s i t y a l s o s h o w s i n t h e d e s c r i p t i o n s of " s u c c e s s f u l " p o s t s a s t h o s e t h a t " a r e e i t h e r p e o p l e ' s o w n v i e w s o n w h a t h a p p e n e d o n a s o a p o p e r a o r n e w p l o t i d e a s " (Kelly, 1 9 9 1 s u r v e y ) .

47). B l u m e n t h a l (1997) m i g h t a d d t h a t t h e g e n d e r e d i m a g e i n t h i s c a s e i s o n e of t h e f e w p r o d u c e d p r i m a r i l y b y w o m e n . Within the television industry, soap operas always h a v e b e e n a n d r e m a i n " a p i n k g h e t t o " ( C o o p e r s , q u o t e d i n S u s m a n , 1997, p . 14). A s k e d w h y t h e n e t w o r k d a y t i m e t e l e v i s i o n offices a r e t h e o n l y o n e s staffed p r i m a r i l y b y w o m e n , D o n a C o o p e r s , senior vice p r e s i d e n t for d a y t i m e p r o g r a m m i n g a t A B C , s u g g e s t s t h a t it is b e c a u s e " w o m e n a r e m o r e comfortable with emotions, with having desires" (quoted in Susman, 1997, p .

2 4 0 ) . B y 1 9 4 2 , r a d i o s o a p o p e r a s h a d 20 m i l l i o n l i s t e n e r s ( H e r z o g , 1944). D u r i n g t h e 1950s, s o a p s w e r e o n e of t h e f e w g e n r e s t o m a k e t h e l e a p t o t e l e v i s i o n s u c c e s s f u l l y ( M a c d o n a l d , 1979). A l t h o u g h t h e i r v i e w e r s h i p h a s w a n e d i n r e c e n t y e a r s , s o a p o p e r a s r e m a i n e d p o p u l a r into t h e 1990s. T h e u b i q u i t y of s o a p s m i g h t e x p l a i n t h e p r e s e n c e of a s t e r e o t y p e b u t d o e s n o t i n i t s e l f e x p l a i n t h e n e g a t i v e c o n t e n t of t h a t s t e r e o t y p e .

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