The central research question of this dissertation addresses the extent to which media consumption was, and continues to be, a factor in the formation of Dublin working class cultural identity. That relationship is examined in terms of the consumption patterns, uses and meanings associated with and derived from the dominant forms of popular audio-visual media in two periods, particularly cinema going and television. The time-frames for this analysis is the 1920s-1950s and the 1960s to the early 1990s, respectively Within the context of this analysis the interplay between the class, gender and national identity of the Dublin working class will also be investigated. I will also examine the wider economic, cultural, social and spatial factors that are significant to the formation of a Dublin working class identity.
Part one undertakes a review of the relevant national and international research literature. It focuses on the key issues of working class culture, identity and media consu...