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White Noise: Performing the White, Middle-Class Family on 1930s Radio

Joy Elizabeth Hayes
Cinema Journal
Vol. 51, No. 3 (Spring 2012), pp. 97-118
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23253893
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

This study investigates the radio roots of a discourse of domestic whiteness that is typically associated with family sitcoms of the 1950s. Through analysis of a highly popular evening serial, One Man's Family (NBC, 1932—1959), the article tracks the production of domestic whiteness in sound, narrative, and vocal performance, situating it within the institutional and social contexts of 1930s radio.

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