Primetime i børnefamilier

Rikke Brams & Mads Louis Orry

Studenteropgave: Speciale


The Danes are watching more television than ever before. This much we know. We know less about ‘how’ the viewers are watching television. This has motivated us to do a qualitative study of the television habits of three Danish families with children, as they play out on a given day in the homes of the families. Through a narrative analysis we present three suggestions as to how the families view their own television habits on a narrative basis and furthermore suggest a development of the narrative method applied to the ongoing reception studies of television habit. We used observation studies and group interviews to collect empirical data from the three families, who were chosen randomly and all live in the suburbs to Copenhagen. In the methodology chapter we discuss among other things what it means, that we interviewed the families in groups, what part we played under the observations and to which extent our narrative method is applicable to the reception studies of television habits. On the basis of the describing narrative analysis we present the families collected self-understanding. While one family tells us, that their television joins together the family in social activities such as discussions about current events, another family tells us, that their television habits split up the family, because all the family members have individual preferences to television programmes, they enjoy watching. The last family tells us, that their television habits are dominated by a belief that watching television is ‘bad’ and therefore they try to limit it to a minimum and instead use their time on other activities. In light of the study and our describing narrative analysis we see, how the families construct meaning about their television habits on the basis of the conditions of life, which they themselves verbalise as being important in their daily lives. Our method might be used in a bigger scale in a future qualitative or quantitative study of the television habits of Danish families.

UddannelserJournalistik, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato16 sep. 2008


  • børnefamilier
  • receptionsstudier
  • narrativer
  • medier
  • observationsstudier
  • tv-vaner