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Diversity in U.S. Mass Media, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-23405-0
408 pages
September 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
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An updated edition of the comprehensive resource that covers the various areas associated with representations of diversity within the mass media

The second edition of Diversity in U.S. Mass Media presents a review of the evolution and the many issues surrounding portrayals of social groups in the mass media of the United States. Unfortunately, all too often mass media depictions play a crucial role in shaping our views about individuals and social groups. Filled with instructive insights into the ways social groups are represented through the mass media, Diversity in U.S. Mass Media offers a better understanding of groups and individuals different from ourselves.

The revised second edition is filled with recent, illustrative examples from the media. Comprehensive in scope, the authors address a wide range of issues that include representations of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, class, and religion in films, television, and the press. The authors encourage readers to question what is being presented and explore the extent to which they agree with the perspectives that are described.

Diversity in U.S. Mass Media is an important resource that:

  • Offers an understanding of how various social groups are being represented in the mass media
  • Explores how diverse communities inform and intersect with one another
  • Draws on updated studies on the topic and presents original research and observations
  • Includes new chapters on media portrayals of mixed race relationships and multiracial/multiethnic people and representations of religion and faith
  •  Accompanied by a companion website for instructors including many useful pedagogical tools, such as a test bank, viewing list, exercises, and sample syllabi

Revised and updated, the second edition of Diversity in U.S. Mass Media offers a broad perspective on the myriad issues that influence how the media portrays social groups. Throughout the text, the authors show consistencies as well as differences in media representations of minority groups in the United States.

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Table of Contents


1: Introduction                                                                                                                

2: Theoretical Foundations of Research in Mass Media Representations                 

3: Representations of American Indians                                                                       

4: Representations of African Americans                                                                    

5: Representations of Hispanics/Hispanic Americans                                                 

6: Representations of Arabs/Arab Americans                                                             

7: Representations of Asians/Asian Americans                                                           

8: Representations of Mixed-Race Individuals and Relationships

9: Representations of Gender in Television, Film, and Music Videos                        

10: Representations of Gender in Magazine, Newspapers, and Advertising             

11: Representations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in the Media                                                                                                           

12: Representations of Age                                                                                           

13: Representations of People with Disabilities                                                           

14: Representations of Class                                                                                         

15: Representations of Religion and Faith in the Media

16: Mass Media Industries Addressing Diversity                                                         

17: Conclusion                                                                                                                

Digging Deeper                                                                                                               

Glossary of Key Terms/Concepts                                                                                   


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Author Information

Catherine A. Luther (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is a professor and the director of the School of Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee. Her research focuses on issues involving the intersections of media, gender, and race/ethnicity. She also conducts research in the areas of intercultural and global communication. Her work has appeared in such publications as the Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. She began her professional career working for Japanese television news as a reporter before moving on to ABC News to produce stories primarily involving nations and cultures in East Asia. 

Carolyn Ringer Lepre (Ph.D., University of Florida) is dean of the School of Communication and the Arts at Marist College. Her research interests are in journalism, particularly magazine writing and news editing. She has published articles in such journals as the Journal of Magazine & New Media Research and Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. She worked as Assistant Editor at Martha Stewart Living magazine.

Naeemah Clark (Ph.D., University of Florida) is an associate professor in the School of Communications at Elon University. She has edited the book, African Americans in the History of U.S. Media, published work in Journalism History, International Journal of Organizational Diversity, and opinion pieces in various outlets including the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Huffington Post. She studies and teaches about economic, programming, and diversity issues related to the media and entertainment industries. 

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