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Media and Class
TV, Film, and Digital Culture

ISBN 9781138229792
Published October 19, 2017 by Routledge
236 Pages

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Book Description

Although the idea of class is again becoming politically and culturally charged, the relationship between media and class remains understudied. This diverse collection draws together prominent and emerging media scholars to offer readers a much-needed orientation within the wider categories of media, class, and politics in Britain, America, and beyond. Case studies address media representations and media participation in a variety of platforms, with attention to contemporary culture: from celetoids to selfies, Downton Abbey to Duck Dynasty, and royals to reality TV. These scholarly but accessible accounts draw on both theory and empirical research to demonstrate how different media navigate and negotiate, caricature and essentialize, or contain and regulate class.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: studying media and class
  2.  June Deery and Andrea Press



  3. The Media’s Failure to Represent the Working Class: Explanations from Media Production and Beyond
  4. David Hesmondhalgh

  5. Class and Gender through Seven Decades of American Television Sitcoms
  6. Richard Butsch

  7. Television Screening: The Entertainment Value of Poverty and Wealth
  8. June Deery

  9. Sex, Class and Trash: Money, Status and Classed ‘Dreams" in Classical Hollywood Cinema
  10. Andrea Press and Marjorie Rosen



  11. Performing Class and Taste through the Documentary Lens
  12. John Corner 

  13. How the Other Half Lives: The Will to Document from Poverty to Precarity
  14. Laurie Ouellette



  15. The Working Class, Ordinary Celebrity and Illegitimate Cultural Work
  16. Helen Wood, Jilly Boyce Kay and Mark Banks

  17. Idols of self-production: Selfies, career success and social class
  18. Anita Biressi

  19. Rich TV, Poor TV: Work, leisure and the construction of ‘deserved inequality’ in contemporary Britain
  20. Jo Littler and Milly Williamson



  21. When Left Theory "leaves behind the dream of a Revolution": Class and the Software Economy
  22. Robert Wllkie 

  23. Class in "The Class": Conservative, Competitive and (Dis)connected
  24. Sonia Livingstone and Julian Sefton-Green

  25. For Themselves and for their Communities: Alternative Mediations of Digital Natives
  26. Vicki Mayer and Aline Maia

  27. Big Data is Too Small: Research Implications of Class Inequality for Online Data Collection

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June Deery is Professor of Media Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and author of Consuming Reality: The Commercialization of Factual Entertainment (Palgrave, 2012) and Reality TV (Polity, 2015). Her latest work looks at reality TV and the campaign and early administration of Donald Trump.

Andrea Press is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Virginia. She is the former Executive Editor of the Virginia Film Festival and Producer of the Roger Ebert Film Festival. She is the author or co-author of The New Media Environment, Speaking of Abortion, Women Watching Television, and the forthcoming volumes Media-Ready Feminism and Everyday Sexism, Handbook of Contemporary Feminism, and Feminist Reception Studies in a Post-Audience Age.