Temporarily Machiavellian: Performing the Self on "Survivor"
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"Temporarily Machiavellian" examines the performance of self in reality television. This study demonstrates how contestants on "Survivor" manipulate and reinvent their identities in performance. Combining the disciplines of performance studies and social psychology, this thesis analyzes the hit reality television show, "Survivor." Using qualitative interviews with former contestants and close analysis of their conduct on screen, I have evaluated the behavioral performances and motivations of contestants and spectators. In addition, I have explored how these behavioral performances and motivations alter when the roles of contestant and spectator are combined. By using an interdisciplinary approach to analyze "Survivor," I have discovered many methods through which contestants manipulate their identity and justify their divisive behavior to themselves, other contestants, and audience members.
Performance of Self
Roberts, Rebecca J (2018). Temporarily Machiavellian: Performing the Self on "Survivor". Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Available electronically from