Life during wartime : sexuality, recruitment and reality television

Marshall, Daniel 2012, Life during wartime : sexuality, recruitment and reality television, Continuum, vol. 26, no. 2, Special issue : A scholarly affair, pp. 225-233.

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Title Life during wartime : sexuality, recruitment and reality television
Author(s) Marshall, Daniel
Journal name Continuum
Volume number 26
Issue number 2
Season Special issue : A scholarly affair
Start page 225
End page 233
Total pages 9
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2012-04-01
ISSN 1030-4312
1469-3666
Keyword(s) sexuality
recruitment
Defence Force Recruiting
Navy Marketing
Summary In 2010, Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) Navy Marketing entered into a media sponsorship package with the Australian version of the reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD): Footage of the day aired on national television on SYTYCD and weekly ‘dancer bootcamp’ sessions training the dancers in Navy values featured on a dedicated and branded Navy section of the official SYTYCD website. This article analyses the Navy’s SYTYCD ‘integration opportunities’ to consider the role of reality television in the redefinition of the defence forces as a training and vocational pathway for young people. Underpinning such considerations is the conceptualization of the work of reality television through the prism of public and popular pedagogies. Taking sexuality as a focal point, the article will reflect on efforts to lift recruitment through an emphasis on the incorporation of diversity. Reading the work of Jasbir Puar against the Australian ‘archive’ of integration opportunities, this article contributes to queer critiques of homonormative and homonationalist tendencies in contemporary politics.
Language eng
Field of Research 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2012
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30051615

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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