The Representation of Aging in Television Series

Author/s: Özgür Kılınç, Ferruh Uztuğ

DOI: 10.16917/iusosyoloji.284522

OnlineFirst published on December 31, 2016

Year: 2016 Vol: 36 Number: 2

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to evaluate aging’s dimensional construction and representation from a sociocultural and critical perspective, and then analyze its representation on television. Content analysis was used in analyzing 99 elderly characters from 26 television series in order to demonstrate how they are represented. While the dominant form of relationship is shaped around the family, social support mostly proceeds in an emotional dimension; the social support given is more pronounced than the social support received. The percentages for stress that is given or received are equal, while elderly female characters have been stereotyped more than elderly male characters. The main forms of stereotypes are golden age and physical, cognitive, and emotional weakness. The mythoi of aging that are transferred to the nine characters are disease and disability, depression, loneliness, crankiness, and amnesia. A discourse on explicit age discrimination was observed in only one character, but no discourse on death could be found for any of the characters.

Keywords
Fear of aging • Media and aging • Aging and representation • Death-denying culture

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