Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Routledge Companion to Media and Race

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Routledge Companion to Media and Race

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The Routledge Companion to Media and Race. Edited by Christopher P. Campbell. New York: Routledge, 2017. 326 p. $204.00 (ISBN 978-1-138-02072-6). E-book available (978-1-315-77822-8), call for pricing.

In recent years, Routledge has published several works on various aspects of race and media, including The Race and Media Reader, edited by Gilbert B. Rodman (2014). The book under review complements Rodman's earlier work, although it has a different purpose and focus within this well-studied subject. Campbell also carves out a bit of space for his work in a crowded field by concentrating solely on race and media as opposed to coupling them with gender and/or class, as is often the case.

The stated purpose of Campbell's work is to be a "comprehensive guide for scholars, students, and media professionals who seek to understand key debates about the impact of media messages on racial attitudes and understanding" (i). This is attempted by collocating twenty-eight essays written by scholars in media studies, communications, journalism, and other disciplines. The essays are presented in three parts: "Studying Race and Media: Theories and Approaches," "Race, the Medium, the Message," and "Race, Ethnicity, and Intersectionality. …

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