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Women and Media: International Perspectives

Karen Ross (Editor), Carolyn M. Byerly (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-77717-6
232 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Comprised of original research in diverse genres and medias, Women and Media: International Perspectives brings together eight international scholars to explore key issues of the gender-media relation.

  • Provides important insights into how gender is implicated in media industries.
  • Address key issues of the gender-media relation, from an analysis of news media’s coverage of women politicians, to the marketing of ‘girl power’, to strategizing for equality in newsrooms.
  • Highlights the theme that media have the potential both to reinforce the status quo in power arrangements in society but also to contribute to new, more egalitarian ones.
  • Includes an introduction by the editors that carefully maps the contours of the international struggle between feminists and the media, section overviews, bibliographies, key terms, and discussion questions.
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Notes on Contributors.

Acknowledgments.

1. Introduction: Carolyn Byerly and Karen Ross.

Part I: Representing And Consuming Women:.

2. Sexual Violence in the Media: Representation, Interaction and Discourse: Jenny Kitzinger (Cardiff University).

3. Exclusion and Marginality: Portrayals of Women in Israeli Media: Dafna Lemish (Tel Aviv University).

4. Women Framed: the Gendered Turn in Mediated Politics: Karen Ross (Coventry University).

5. Producing and Consuming ‘Woman’: Ellen Riordan (Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota).

Part II Women’s Agency In Media Production:.

6. Feminist Interventions in Newsrooms: Carolyn M Byerly (University of Maryland).

7. Working, Watching and Waiting: Women and Issues of Access, Employment and Decision-Making in the Media in India: Ammu Joseph (Journalist, India).

8. Dangerously Feminine?: Theory and Praxis of Women’s Alternative Radio: Then and Now: Caroline Mitchell (University of Sunderland).

9. Cyberspace: The New Feminist Frontier?: Gillian Youngs (University of Leicester).

Index

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Karen Ross is a reader in mass communication at Coventry University. Her recent books include Black Marks: Minority Ethnic Audiences and Media (edited, 2001); Women, Politics and Change (edited, 2002); Women, Politics, Media: Uneasy Relations in Comparative Perspective (2002); Mapping the Margins: Identity Politics and Media (edited with Deniz Derman, 2003); and Media and Audiences (with Virginia Nightingale, 2003).

Carolyn M. Byerly teaches in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland. She is the author of numerous chapters in edited collections and articles in journals including Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Journalism Educator, and Inter/Sections.

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  • Provides important insights into how gender is implicated in media industries.
  • Address key issues of the gender-media relation, from an analysis of news media’s coverage of women politicians, to the marketing of ‘girl power’, to strategizing for equality in newsrooms.
  • Highlights the theme that media have the potential both to reinforce the status quo in power arrangements in society but also to contribute to new, more egalitarian ones.
  • Includes an introduction by the editors that carefully maps the contours of the international struggle between feminists and the media, section overviews, bibliographies, key terms, and discussion questions.
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"Ross and Byerly present nine outstanding essays by leading feminists who document both media misrepresentations of women and women’s interventions to change the media." Eileen R. Meehan, Louisiana State University <!--end-->


"This international collection is rooted in political activism and feminist theory, a rare combination. With historical and theoretical background, key terms, and discussion questions, it's a valuable and provocative resource." Lana Rakow, University of North Dakota

"To any woman who has ever felt oppressed, repressed or supressed, Women and the Media: International Perspectives is a must read. [...T]hose of us who have the power of the voice owe it to our sisters in other countries to learn about the media's misrepresentations of women and initiate change. Sisters, unite-and read on!" Eureka Street

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