Synopses & Reviews
Incisive analyses of mass media - including such forms as reality television, social networking sites, dramatic series, sitcoms, advertising, children's media, video games, and pornography - enable this provocative new edition of Gender, Race, and Class in Media to engage students in critical media scholarship. Issues of power related to gender, race, class, and sexuality are integrated into a wide range of articles examining the economic and cultural implications of media as institutions, including the political economy of media, textual analysis, and media consumption. Over sixty new, original essays are included in this text, along with compelling previously published articles and book chapters by both established media scholars and new voices in the field. This edition also includes a range of new media as well as cutting edge work on fandom. The carefully edited articles make this text ideal for both introductory and more advanced students. Together with new section introductions by Gail Dines and Jean Humez, the readings provide a solid yet accessible critical introduction to 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 analyzes 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.