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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 vii

Acknowledgments x

1 Introduction 1
Carolyn M. Byerly and Karen Ross

Part I Representing and Consuming Women 9

Introduction

2 Media Coverage of Sexual Violence Against Women and Children 13
Jenny Kitzinger

3 Exclusion and Marginality: Portrayals of Women in Israeli Media 39
Dafna Lemish

4 Women Framed: The Gendered Turn in Mediated Politics 60
Karen Ross

5 The Woman Warrior: A Feminist Political Economic Analysis of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 81
Ellen Riordan

Part II Women’s Agency in Media Production 105

Introduction

6 Feminist Interventions in Newsrooms 109
Carolyn M. Byerly

7 Working, Watching, and Waiting: Women and Issues of Access, Employment, and Decision-Making in the Media in India 132
Ammu Joseph

8 “Dangerously Feminine?” Theory and Praxis of Women’s Alternative Radio 157
Caroline Mitchell

9 Cyberspace: The New Feminist Frontier? 185
Gillian Youngs

Index 209

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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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