Current Perspectives in Feminist Media Studies features contributions written by a diverse group of stellar feminist scholars from around the world. Each contributor has authored a brief, thought-provoking commentary on the current status and future directions of feminist media studies. Although contributors write about numerous, discrete subjects within the field of feminist media studies, their various ideas and concerns can be merged into six broad, overlapping subject areas that allow us to gain a strong sense of the expansive contours of current feminist communication scholarship and activism which the authors have identified as generally illustrative of the field. Specifically, authors encourage feminist media scholars to engage with issues of political economy, new ICTs and cybercultures as well as digital media policy, media and identity, sexuality and sexualisation, and postfeminism. They stress that feminist media scholars must broaden and deepen our theoretical frameworks and methodologies so as to provide a better sense of the conceptual complexities of feminist media studies and empirical realities of contemporary media forms, practices and audiences.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Feminist Media Studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Current Perspectives in Feminist Media Studies Lisa McLaughlin and Cynthia Carter 2. Arab Feminist Media Studies: Towards a poetics of diversity Salam Al-Mahadin 3. Sex, Shopping and Security: Thinking about feminist media studies again Gargi Bhattacharyya 4. Bridging The Gaps: Feminist generation gaps and feminist media studies in the U.S. context Mary Beltran 5. African Feminist Media Studies: A view from the global South Tanja Bosch 6. "Roll Up Your Sleeves!": Black women, black feminism in Feminist Media Studies Robin R. Means Coleman 7. The Difference Engine: Gender equality, journalism and the good society Monika Djerf-Pierre 8. Body Matters: Resuscitating the corporeal in a new media environment Meenakshi Gigi Durham 9. Sexism Reloaded, or, It’s time to get angry again! Rosalind Gill 10. Do Your Homework: New media, old problems Melissa Gregg 11. A Feminist Political Economy of Communication Micky Lee 12. "Pro-Suming" Swearing (Verbal Violence): "Affect" as feminist (internet) criticism Lisa Yuk Ming Leung 13. Past the Post in Feminist Media Studies Catharine Lumby 14. Unveiling France’s Border Strategies: Gender and the politics of the headscarf ban Angela McRobbie 15. Feminism and Media in the Postfeminist Era: What to make of the "feminist" in feminist media studies Andrea Press 16. Arriving at a Crossroads: Political priorities for a socially relevant feminist media scholarship Katharine Sarikakis 17. Wanted, Alive and Kicking: Curious feminist digital policy geeks Leslie Regan Shade 18. Critical Regionalities in Inter-Asia and the Queer Diaspora Audrey Yue 19. Negotiating the Local/Global in Feminist Media Studies: Conversations with Ana Carolina Escosteguy and Anita Gurumurthy Kumarini Silva and Kaitlynn Mendes
Lisa McLaughlin is an Associate Professor with appointments in Media Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Miami University-Ohio, USA. She has published on transnational feminism, the public sphere, political economy, and women, work, and information technologies. She is co-editor with Cynthia Carter of the journal Feminist Media Studies.
Cynthia Carter is a Senior Lecturer with the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, UK. She has published on news and sexual violence, feminist news studies, and children, news and citizenship. She is co-editor with Lisa McLaughlin of the journal Feminist Media Studies.
'McLaughlin and Carter's collection is certainly a timely source of inspiration, reflection, and insight that may transform the future of feminist media scholarship.' - Suen de Andrade e Silva, European Journal of Women's Studies