Women, Media, and Politics

Women, Media, and Politics

Women, Media, and Politics

Women, Media, and Politics

Synopsis

This study of the relationship between women, media and politics looks at a variety of topics including women as journalists, media framing of the generation gap, and talk radio and gender politics.

Excerpt

A flourishing body of research in political science has focused on the obstacles and barriers facing women in elected office, the gender gap in voting behavior, and the development of the women's movement. Another rich literature in communication studies has covered women's roles as journalists and broadcasters, and the portrayal of women in popular culture. The aim of this book is to bring together these separate disciplines to provide a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the relationship between women, the media, and American politics. Since this subject is open to multiple approaches, chapters draw on a plurality of methods -- surveys of voters and campaign managers, personal interviews with journalists and broadcasters, focus groups and experiments to see how people react to different media messages, and historical archives, content analysis, and more qualitative readings of the nature of press coverage. We involved established and younger scholars in the project, to encourage a new research agenda which could be developed further in future. We are aware that we have only started to unravel some of the puzzles about the complex interaction between sources, journalists, and the audience, within the broader political culture and political system, which produces media coverage of gender politics in America.

The project started with a conference at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in August 1995. All the contributors were able to exchange ideas and draft chapters at this conference, which greatly aided the overall integration of the volume. A second conference . . .

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