International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 305

Full Length Research Paper

Unmediated socialization: The experience of observing big brother aspiring participants

Gevisa La Rocca
Sociology of culture and communication, University of Enna “Kore” Italy.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 31 March 2011
  •  Published: 31 August 2011



The article presents some reflections on the practices and forms of spontaneous and unmediated interaction implemented by competitors of the Italian Big Brother 10th edition, while waiting for the auditions. While waiting, the participants put in place various forms of sharing, negotiation and conflict about attitudes, lifestyles and opinions. The method adopted is that of auto-ethnography. The aim of the paper is to outline some research issues raised by observation.


Key words: Socialization, reality show, participant observation, auto-ethnography.