Gender in Film and Video tracks changes in gender on screen by documenting trends of the internet age. The jargon-free book focuses on six instances of media in transition and their histories, including the rise of feminism on television, in sports events, and in comedy-drama series; the growth of DIY production by underrepresented groups through crowdfunding and YouTube channels; and struggles between fans and producers over control of casting and storytelling. This volume focuses on the breakdown of the categories (content, production, reception) that top-down production/distribution in TV and cinema tended to keep distinct. This text is for students in sociology, media studies, and women’s and gender studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction; Chapter One: DIY Rebellions and the Perils of Selling Out ; Chapter Two: Financing in the Age of Major-Studio Exclusion; Chapter Three: DIY Video on YouTube; Chapter Four: Patterns on Mainstream Screens; Chapter Five: Debates Over Demeaning Video; Chapter Six: Feminist Television and the Powers of Fandom
Neal King is Professor of Sociology at Virginia Tech. He has written two books on cinema: Heroes in Hard Times (Temple University Press 1999), which focuses on masculinity and intersecting relations of inequality, and The Passion of the Christ (Palgrave Macmillan 2011). He has also co-edited a volume on violent women in global cinema titled Reel Knockouts (University of Texas Press 2001). His research in inequality and popular media also appears in several anthologies as well as the New Review of Film and Television Studies, the Journal of Film & Video, Postmodern Culture, and Gender & Society.
Rayanne Streeter is a PhD student in Sociology at Virginia Tech. Her work has been featured in the Women’s Sport and Physical Activity Journal and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Crime, Media, and Popular Culture. Her current research examines how body-positive media sites reconstruct health and womanhood.
Jessica Herling is a PhD student in Sociology at Virginia Tech. Her current research focuses on medical education about transgender health and sex/gender and representations of cellular aging in popular media.
Talitha Rose is a PhD student in Sociology at Virginia Tech. She has contributed to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Crime, Media, and Popular Culture. She researches women’s production of diverse media, from feature filmmaking and online peer-to-peer communication, to craftivism.
A lively and highly readable foray across the landscape of American popular culture. From the Hollywood mainstream to the frontiers of YouTube, King and his co-authors offer a timely and trenchant analysis of the race and gender politics at stake in the production and consumption of film and video today.
--Laura Grindstaff, Professor, Sociology, University of California, Davis
Gender in Film and Video offers a rich history of race, class, sexuality, and gender relations as they intersected to block women and people of color out of power in Hollywood. This book explains how the old business models have been challenged, for instance by the participatory and DIY production models made possible by the Internet, offering new opportunities for underrepresented groups in the industry. Each chapter offers insightful evidence and analyses to illuminate the shift in power we're seeing in the film and video industry. A must read!
--Martha McCaughey, Professor, Sociology, Appalachian State University