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ERIC Number: EJ1001501
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1071-4413
Grey('s) Identity: Complications of Learning and Becoming in a Popular Television Show
Jubas, Kaela
Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies, v35 n2 p127-143 2013
In this article, the author outlines an analysis of the American show "Grey's Anatomy" as an example of how popular culture represents identity and the process of professional identity construction in a medical workplace, particularly the surgical service of a large urban hospital. In discussing identity, she connects professional identity to other categories of identity, notably gender, as well as race and sexuality. Although "Grey's Anatomy" and its characters are fictional, she concurs with others who argue that popular culture is a rich source of learning about one's self and social contexts. Because of its focus on surgical residency, "Grey's Anatomy" is a unique cultural representation of adult learning related to work and identity, and the transition between and blurring of education and work. Although medical shows have been a steady fixture on television, few, if any, have dealt so explicitly with learning and identity. It is that focus that interests the author about this particular show. The author proceeds with a review of previous research in this area, with an emphasis on scholarship from her field of adult education. She then outlines central concepts and terms, before summarizing her methodological approach and providing an overview of "Grey's Anatomy" and its characters. These sections set up her analysis of the show. She concludes with some thoughts about the implications of her analysis, and its contributions to conceptual and pedagogical work. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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