Critical Readings: Media and Gender

Critical Readings: Media and Gender

Critical Readings: Media and Gender

Critical Readings: Media and Gender

Synopsis

  • How is gender constructed in the media?
  • To what extent do portrayals of gender influence everyday perceptions of ourselves and our actions?
  • In what ways do the media reinforce and sometimes challenge gender inequalities?
Critical Readings: Media and Gender provides a lively and engaging introduction to the field of media and gender research, drawing from a wide range of important international scholarship. A variety of conceptual and methodological approaches is used to explore subjects such as: entertainment; news; grassroots communication; new media texts; institutions; audiences. Topics include:
  • Gender identity and television talk shows
  • Historical portrayals of women in advertising
  • The sexualization of the popular press
  • The representation of lesbians on television
  • The cult of femininity in women's magazines
  • Images of African American women and Latinas in Hollywood cinema
  • Sexual violence in the media
  • Women in popular music
  • Pornography and masculine power
  • Women's relationship to the Internet.


This book is ideal for undergraduate courses in cultural and media studies, gender studies, the sociology of the media, mass communication, journalism, communication studies and politics.

Excerpt

Critical Readings: Media and Gender offers an exciting introduction to a wide range of research approaches, each of which continues to shape the ongoing development of feminist and gender-sensitive scholarship. Care has been taken by Cynthia Carter and Linda Steiner, the editors, to select contributions which demonstrate the conceptual and methodological richness of these diverse approaches. While no one volume can claim to be comprehensive in its scope, this one succeeds in highlighting important interventions while, at the same time, providing a sound basis for future enquiries.

This Reader begins with an introductory essay by the two editors, both of whom are leading figures in the field. This essay maps the contours of feminist media theory from the 'images of women in the media' approaches prevalent in the 1970s through to contemporary discussions of masculinity, globalization and cyberculture. Next, the Reader divides into three sections, each engaging with issues central to critical investigations into gender and media forms, practices, institutions and audiences. The contributions to Part I, Texts in Context, provide a historical analysis of configurations of femininity in advertising, an examination of the feminization and sexualization of the popular press, news reporting of sexual violence, portrayals of lesbian characters on television, and 'tough' images of femininity in women's magazines. Part II, (Re)Producing Gender, focuses on the various ways in which gender is continuously reconstructed across different media sites. Chapters address the impact of media monitoring on media imagery of women, the representation of women in the rock music press, how women reflect on their own media practice, the commercialization of . . .

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