Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Encyclopedia of Gender in Media

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Encyclopedia of Gender in Media

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Encyclopedia of Gender in Media. Ed. by Mary Kosut. Los Angeles: Sage Reference, 2012. 493 p. $115 (ISBN: 9781412990790).

While reference works discussing the media are nothing new, recent changes in how people interact with media, coupled with the unique perspective gender studies lends to the topic, make the Encyclopedia of Gender in Media an insightful overview of a complex and developing field of study. The intent of the work is to "explore the complexity of media across diverse platforms, technologies, and cultural, economic, and political landscapes" using the specific lens of gender (xx). Given the stated expansiveness of the topic, the coverage in this work is suitably wide-ranging. Kosut liberally defines media as a "multifaceted rubric that includes not only forms of media--from cable television and college radio to multi-user online video games--but also the production, consumption, and creation of media content" (xix). Kosut argues successfully that this work is needed because the ubiquity of media due in large part to pervasive technology in everyday lives has made the topic an "increasingly salient subject within the last few decades" (xx).

In addition to the novelty and comprehensiveness of the volume, it also benefits from good writing and organization. The encyclopedia's introduction helps tease out this complex field of study by framing the sometimes seemingly disparate entries that follow and by fully describing the gendered lens through which they should be read. …

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