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Watching the evolution of the American Family? Amazon's Transparent, ecological systems theory, and the changing dynamics of public opinion.

Authors
  • Becker, Amy B1
  • Todd, Maureen E2
  • 1 a Department of Communication , Loyola University Maryland , Baltimore , Maryland , USA.
  • 2 b Department of Family Studies and Community Development , Towson University , Towson , Maryland , USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of homosexuality
Publication Date
Nov 16, 2017
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1406212
PMID: 29144848
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Using Bronfenbrenner's (1979) ecological systems theory as an organizing framework, the research closely examines the text of the Amazon Studios hit show, Transparent, and by extension the evolution of public opinion towards transgender individuals. By examining the Pfefferman family in detail and their related microsystem and macrosystem, we are able to closely unpack the transition of Jeffrey Tambor's character from Mort to Maura and the show's connections with broader developments in the Los Angeles LGBT community and the Jewish diaspora in postwar and contemporary Los Angeles. In addition, by focusing on the influence of the chronosystem, we are able to examine how both opinions toward Maura and public opinion toward transgender issues more generally have evolved within the family system and the larger American community over time.

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