Media and Middle Class Moms: Images and Realities of Work and Family

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-02-05
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Written by nationally recognized anthropologists Conrad Kottak and Lara Descartes, this ethnography of largely white, middle class families in a town in the midwest explores the role that the media play in influencing how those families cope with everyday work/family issues. The book insightfully reports that families struggle with, and make work/family decisions based largely on the images and ideas they receive from media sources, though they strongly deny being so influenced. An ideal book for teaching undergraduate family, media, and methods courses.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Media-ting Work and Familyp. 1
Studying a Midwestern Townp. 20
Media Representations: Constancy and Changep. 39
Parents' Media Usage, Consumption, and Reflections about Mediap. 58
Work-Family Choicesp. 78
Middle Class Moms: You Feel Guilty if You Work, You Feel Guilty if You Stay Homep. 107
Isolation, Boundaries, and Connection: Six Case Studiesp. 128
Comparison, Connection, and Common Groundp. 146
Demographic Datap. 159
Individual Interview Guidep. 162
Interview Data Entry Formp. 165
Focus Group Script and Interview Guidep. 169
Research Participants' Demographic Informationp. 172
Referencesp. 177
Indexp. 189
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