Women and Media. International Perspectives

  • ID: 2247093
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 232 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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In the last few decades, feminist media scholars have been active in revealing the complex ways in which the gender media relation is played out in production, consumption, and reception. From an analysis of news media s coverage of women politicians, through the marketing of "girl power", to strategizing for equality in newsrooms,Women and Media: International Perspectives provides important insights into how gender is integrated in media industries.

Bringing together original essays by international scholars that explore key concerns between gender and media, Women and Media conveys the dynamism of this issue. Importantly, the theme that runs through the volume and which serves to unify these otherwise diverse articles is that media have the potential both to reinforce the status quo in power arrangements in society and to contribute to new, more egalitarian ones. An ideal teaching tool for students, this lively volume includes part–section overviews, bibliographies, key terms, discussion questions, and an introduction by the editors that carefully maps the contours of the international struggle between feminists and the media.

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Notes on Contributors vii

Acknowledgments x

1 Introduction 1Carolyn M. Byerly and Karen Ross

Part I Representing and Consuming Women 9

Introduction

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

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

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

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

Part II Women s Agency in Media Production 105

Introduction

6 Feminist Interventions in Newsrooms 109Carolyn M. Byerly

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

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

9 Cyberspace: The New Feminist Frontier? 185Gillian Youngs

Index 209

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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

"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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