1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Media & Gender

Edited By Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner, Lisa McLaughlin Copyright 2014
    688 Pages
    by Routledge

    688 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender offers a comprehensive examination of media and gender studies, charting its histories, investigating ongoing controversies, and assessing future trends.

    The 59 chapters in this volume, written by leading researchers from around the world, provide scholars and students with an engaging and authoritative survey of current thinking in media and gender research.

    The Companion includes the following features:

    • With each chapter addressing a distinct, concrete set of issues, the volume includes research from around the world to engage readers in a broad array of global and transnational issues and intersectional perspectives.
    • Authors address a series of important questions that have consequences for current and future thinking in the field, including postfeminism, sexual violence, masculinity, media industries, queer identities, video games, digital policy, media activism, sexualization, docusoaps, teen drama, cosmetic surgery, media Islamophobia, sport, telenovelas, news audiences, pornography, and social and mobile media.
    • A range of academic disciplines inform exploration of key issues around production and policymaking, representation, audience engagement, and the place of gender in media studies.

    The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender is an essential guide to the central ideas, concepts and debates currently shaping media and gender research.

    Introduction: Re-Imagining Media and Gender Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner and Lisa McLaughlin PART I: Her/Histories 1. Media and the Representation of Gender Margaret Gallagher 2. Mass Media Representation of Gendered Violence Lisa M. Cuklanz 3. Lone Wolves: Masculinity, Cinema and the Man Alone Tim Edwards 4. To Communicate is Human; To Chat is Female: The Feminization of U.S. Media Work Vicki Mayer 5. Rediscovering 20th Century Feminist Audience Research Joke Hermes 6. Historical Mapping Contemporary Intersectional Feminist Media Studies Isabel Molina-Guzmán and Lisa Cacho 7. Sexualities/Queer Identities Audrey Yue 8. Gender, Media and Trans/National Spaces Radha S. Hegde Part II: Media Industries, Labor, and Policy 9. Women and Media Control: Feminist Interrogations at the Macro-level Carolyn M. Byerly 10. Risk, Innovation, and Gender in Media Conglomerates Ben Aslinger 11. Putting Gender in the Mix: Employment, Participation and Role Expectations in the Music Industries Marion Leonard 12. Gender Inequality in Cultural Industries Denise D. Bielby 13. Shifting Boundaries: Gender, Labor, and New Information and Communication Technology Ursula Huws 14. Gendering the Commodity Audience in Social Media Tamara Shepherd 15. Youthful White Male Industry Seeks "Fun"-Loving Middle-Aged Women for Video Games: No Strings Attached Shira Chess 16. Boys are… Girls are….: How Children’s Media and Merchandizing Construct Gender Dafna Lemish 17. Girls’ and Boys’ Experiences of Online Risk and Safety Sonia Livingstone, Veronika Kalmus, and Kairi Talves 18. Holy Grail or Poisoned Chalice? Three Generations of Men’s Magazines Annabelle Mooney 19. Making Public Policy in the Digital Age: The Sex Industry as a Political Actor Katharine Sarikakis 20. Gender and Digital Policy: From Global Information Infrastructure to Internet Governance Leslie Regan Shade 21. Gender and Media Activism: Alternative Feminist Media in Europe Elke Zobl and Rosa Reitsamer 22. Between Legitimacy and Political Efficacy: Feminist Counter-Publics and the Internet in China Iam-Chong Ip and Oi-wan Lam Part III: Images and Representations across Texts and Genres 23. Buying and Selling Sex: Sexualization, Commerce and Gender Karen Boyle 24. Class, Gender and the Docusoap: The Only Way is Essex Heather Nunn and Anita Biressi 25. Society's Emerging Femininities: Neoliberal, Postfeminist and Hybrid Identities on Television in South Africa Shelley-Jean Bradfield 26. A Nice Bit of Skirt and the Talking Head: Sex, Politics and News Karen Ross 27. Transgender, Transmedia, Transnationality: Chaz Bono in Documentary and Dancing with the Stars Katherine Sender 28. Celebrity, Gossip, Privacy and Scandal Milly Williamson 29. "Shameless Mums" and Universal Pedophiles: Sexualization and Commodification of Children Sara Bragg 30. Glances, Dances, Romances: An Overview of Gendered Sexual Narratives in Teen Drama Series Susan Berridge 31. Smoothing the Wrinkles: Hollywood, "Successful Aging" and the New Visibility of Older Female Stars Josephine Dolan 32. Globalization, Beauty Regimes, and Mediascapes in the New India Radhika Parameswaran 33. Perfect Bodies, Imperfect Messages: Media Coverage of Cosmetic Surgery and Ideal Beauty J. Robyn Goodman 34. Narrative Pleasure in Homeland: The Competing Femininities of "Rogue Agents" and "Terror Wives" Gargi Bhattacharyya 35. Above the Fold and Beyond the Veil: Islamophobia in Western Media Nahed Eltantawy 36. Sport, Media and the Gender-Based Insult David Rowe Part IV: Media Audiences, Users, and Prosumers 37. Subjects of Capacity? Reality TV and Young Women Laurie Oullette 38. Telenovelas, Gender and Genre Esther Hamburger 39. Gendering and Selling the Female News Audience in a Digital Age Dustin Harp 40. Looking Beyond Representation: Situating the Significance of Gender Portrayal within Game Play Christine Daviault and Gareth Schott 41. Textual Orientation: Queer Female Fandom Online Julie Levin Russo 42. Delivering the Male – And More: Fandom and Media Sport Toby Miller 43. Men’s Use of Pornography Matt B. Ezzell 44. Gender and Social Media: Sexism, Empowerment or the Irrelevance of Gender? Tanja Carstensen 45. Slippery Subjects: Gender, Meaning and the Bollywood Audience Shakuntala Banaji 46. Asian Women as Audiences, Asian Popular Culture and Media Globalization Youna Kim 47. Women as Radio Audiences in South Africa Tanja Bosch 48. Reading Girlhood: Opportunities for Social Literacy Dawn H. Currie 49. Investigating Users’ Responses to Dove’s "Real Beauty" Strategy: Feminism, Freedom and Facebook Dara Persis Murray 50. Feminism in a Postfeminist World: Women Discuss who’s "Hot" - And Why We Care – On the Collegiate "Anonymous Confession Board" Andrea Press and Francesca Tripodi 51. Gendered Networked Visualities: Locative Camera Phone Cultures in Seoul, South Korea Larissa Hjorth 52. Gendering the "Arab Spring:" Arab Women Journalists/Activists, "Cyberfeminism," and the Socio-Political Revolution Sahar Khamis Part V: Gendered Media Futures and the Future of Gender 53. Latinas on Television and Film: Exploring the Limits and Possibilities of Inclusion Angharad N. Valdivia 54. Intersectionality, Digital Identities and Migrant Youths: Moroccan-Dutch Youths as Digital Space Invaders Koen Leurs and Sandra Ponzanesi 55. Feminist Debates about the Sexualization of Culture Rosalind Gill 56. Post Post Feminism Catharine Lumby 57. Policing the Crisis of Masculinity: Media and Masculinity at the Dawn of the New Century Brenton J. Malin 58. Glassy Architectures in Journalism Linda Steiner 59. Online Anti-Sexism Political Action in the UK and USA: The Importance of Collaborative Anger for Social Change Cynthia Carter


    Cynthia Carter, Linda Steiner, Lisa McLaughlin

    "This ambitious project investigates longstanding gender concerns in light of today’s media landscape. Its internationally diverse authors analyze production and reception of recent media texts—journalism, film, reality TV, gaming, music, sports and more—within a postfeminist, neoliberal, and networked popular culture. They also consider consequences of broader shifts in media ecology, such as unequal Internet access that exacerbates discrimination and the roles of social media in both empowering and commodifying women. Scholars will find a wide range of timely case studies and provocative ideas in this rich resource."

    Carolyn Kitch, Professor of Journalism, Temple University, USA

    "The editors have put together a valuable compendium of essays from some of the leading scholars in the field.  The anthology offers a diverse array of perspectives —theoretical, political, and methodological — on the vital, complex, and ever-evolving sub-discipline of gender and media studies."

    Meenakshi Gigi Durham, University of Iowa, USA

    "With this Routledge Companion, three prominent feminist scholars have master-minded an important collection of chapters on gender and media contributed by accomplished scholars. This is truly a companion for the novice scholar needing an entrée into the vast and confusing literature that has grown over the past several decades and that ranges from theory on gender, sexuality, masculinity, intersectionality, transnationalism, and globalism to issues of violence, activism, pornography, news, gaming, social media, and sports. For the advanced scholar, the volume takes stock of where we have been and analyzes why we haven't arrived yet. A particular strength is the attention to reports from countries around the world and essays that don't let us forget the politics, economics, labor, production, and creative appropriation that must be accounted for in our approach to gender and media. We have the foundation documented for us. The next step is to imagine the world we want to live in and the communication systems we will need to make that world possible."

    Lana F. Rakow, Professor of Communication, University of North Dakota, USA

    "Dedicated to an “extensive examination of a wide array of contemporary critical perspectives and diverse contexts,” the collection is essential for libraries and for those who study children, popular culture, psychology, sexual orientation, sociology, women and gender issues, and other areas of inquiry."

    Jan Whitt, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA, in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

    "[This collective volume] will prove to be of invaluable help to anyone – faculty staff and students – involved in teaching and working on this topic... Overall, [it] is an excellent effort that will find a natural fit in many course syllabuses in the fields of both media and women’s studies."

    Iolanda Tortajada, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain