Gender, Race, and Class in Media : A Critical Reader

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2010-12-09
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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Incisive analyses of mass media ' including such forms as talk shows, MTV, the Internet, soap operas, television sitcoms, dramatic series, pornography, and advertising-enable this provocative third edition of Gender, Race and Class in Media to engage students in critical mass media scholarship.

Issues of power related to gender, race, and class are integrated into a wide range of articles examining the economic and cultural implications of mass media as institutions, including the political economy of media production, textual analysis, and media consumption. Throughout, Gender, Race and Class in Media examines the mass media as economic and cultural institutions that shape our social identities, especially in regard to gender, race, and class.

A comprehensive introductory section outlines the book's integrated approach to media studies, which incorporates three distinct but related areas of investigation: the political economy of production, textual analysis, and audience response.

More than three quarters of the readings are new to this Third Edition, and all have been edited for maximum accessibility. Together with new section introductions by Dines and Humez, the readings provide a comprehensive critical introduction to mass media studies.

From gender issues in Desperate Housewives, to race in Ugly Betty, gender biases in video games, and portrayals of the American family in Extreme Makeover, to analyze of new genres like fandom and social media - no other book is so successful in engaging students in critical media scholarship. By encouraging students to critically analyze those media they already interact with for pleasure and by editing the articles; Gail Dines and Jean Humez are able to make sophisticated concepts and theories accessible and interesting to undergraduate students.

Table of Contents

A Cultural Studies Approach to Media Theory
Cultural Studies, Multiculturalism and Media Culture
The State of Media Ownership and Media Markets: Competition or Concentration and Why Should We Care?
The Meaning of Memory: Family, Class and Ethnicity in Early Network TV Programs
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: An American Fairy Tale.
Women Read the Romance: The Interaction of Text and Context
Star Trek Rerun, Reread, Rewritten: Fan Writing As Textual Poaching
Gender, Race and Class in Media
Hetero Barbie?
Sex and the City: Carrie Bradshaw's Queer Postfeminism
The Whites of Their Eyes
Pornographic eroticism and sexual grotesquerie in representations of African-American Sportswomen
What Does Race Have to Do With Ugly Betty: An Analysis of Privilege and Postracial (?) Representation on a Television Sitcom
Ralph, Fred, Archie, Homer and the King of Queens: Why Television Keeps Re-creating the Male Working-class Buffoon
Reading Texts Critically
Television's 'New' Feminism: Prime-time Representations of Women and Victimization
Mother of the Year: Kathy Hilton, Lynne Spears, Dina Lohan and Bad Celebrity Motherhood
More than Baby Mamas: Black Mothers and Hip-Hop Feminism
Political Culture Jamming: The Dissident Humor of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Educating The Simpsons: Teaching Queer Representations in Contemporary Visual Media
'Sexy Like a Girl and Horny Like a Boy': Contemporary Gay 'Western' Narratives about Gay Asian Men
When in Rome: Heterosexism, Homophobia, and Sports Talk Radio
Disability, Gender and Difference on The Sopranos
Advertising and Consumer Culture
Image-Based Culture
The New Politics of Consumption: Why Americans Want So Much More Than They Need.
Reaching African American Consumers
Inventing the Cosmo Girl
Sex, Lies and Advertising
Unraveling the Knot: Political Economy and Cultural Hegemony in Wedding Media
Supersexualize Me!
Advertising and the Construction of White Masculinity
Representing Sexualities
White Man's Burden: Gonzo Pornography and the Construction of Black Masculinity
No Money Shot? Commerce, Pornography and New Sex Taste Cultures
"That's So Fun": Selling Pornography for Men to Women in The Girls Next Door
One Night in Paris (Hilton): Wealth, Celebrity and the Politics of Humiliation
The Pornography of Everyday Life
There Are Bitches and Hoes
Three Faces of Eva: Perpetuation of the Hot-Latina Stereotype in Desperate Housewives
The Limitations of the Discourse of Norms: Gay Visibility and Degrees of Transgression
"This is the Way We Live. . .and Love!": Feeding on and Still Hungering for Lesbian Representation in The L Word
Growing up with Contemporary Media
The Future of Childhood in the Global Television Market
From Tony the Tiger to Slime Lime: The Content of Commercial Images
La Princesa Plastica: Hegemonic and Oppositional Representations of Latinidad in Hispanic Barbie
Monarchs, Monsters and Multiculturalism: Disney's Menu for Global Hierarchy
Constructing the New Ethnicities: Media, Sexuality and Diaspora Identity in the Lives of South Asian Immigrant Girls
HIV On TV: Conversations with Young Gay Men
Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life
Born to Be Wired
Video Games and Machine Dreams of Domination
Strategic Simulations and our Past: Bias of Computer Games in Presentation of History
You Play Like a Girl: Cross-Gender Competition and the Uneven Playing Field
Is TV for Real?
Marketing 'Reality' to the World: Survivor, Post-Fordism and Reality Television
The Political Economy of Amateurism
Critiquing Reality-Based Televisual Black Fatherhood: A Critical Analysis of Run's House and Snoop Dogg's Father Hood
Disciplining the Housewife in Desperate Housewives and Domestic Reality Television
"Take Responsibility for Yourself": Judge Judy and the Neoliberal Citizen."
The Anxieties of the Enterprising Self and the Limits of Mind Cure in the Age of Oprah
Television and the Domestication of Cosmetic Surgery
"Tyra Banks Is Fat": Reading (Post-Racism and Post-Feminism in the New Millennium
Resisting, Reiterating, and Dancing Through: The Swinging Closet Doors of Ellen DeGeneres's Televised Personalities
Interactivity, Virtual Community and Fandom
Pop Cosmopolitanism: Mapping Cultural Flows in an Age of Convergence
Reading the Romance of Fan Cultural Production: Music Videos of a Television Lesbian Couple
"Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game": The Racialization of Labor in World of Warcraft
Sex Lives in Second Life
From Smart Fan to Backyard Wrestler: Performance, Context and Aesthetic Violence
Accidental Activists: Fan Activism in the Soap Opera Community
Insiders-Outsiders: Dr. Laura and the Contest for Cultural Authority in LGBT Media Activism
Alternative Contents Index
A List of Media Activist Organizations
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Editors
About the Contributors
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