This companion brings together scholars working at the intersection of media and class, with a focus on how understandings of class are changing in contemporary global media contexts.
From the memes of and about working-class supporters of billionaire "populists", to well-publicized and critiqued philanthropic efforts to bring communication technologies into developing country contexts, to the behind-the-scenes work of migrant tech workers, class is undergoing change both in and through media. Diverse and thoughtfully curated contributions unpack how media industries, digital technologies, everyday media practices—and media studies itself—feed into and comment upon broader, interdisciplinary discussions. They cover a wide range of topics, such as economic inequality, workplace stratification, the sharing economy, democracy and journalism, globalization, and mobility/migration.
Outward-looking, intersectional, and highly contemporary, The Routledge Companion to Media and Class is a must-read for students and researchers interested in the intersections between media, class, sociology, technology, and a changing world.
Table of Contents
- Introduction: Media and Class in the 21st Century. Erika Polson, Lynn Schofield Clark, and Radhika Gajjala
- Working Class Bodies in Advertising. Matthew P. McAllister and Litzy Galarza
- Faux Class: Hybridity and Confusion on Reality TV. June Deery
Migrants Meet Reality Shows: The Class Representation of Non-Koreans in Reality Shows in Korea. Hun-Yul Lee
- Participation in Reality Television: Performance, Class and Dance Talent Shows. Annette Hill & Koko Kondo
- Love, Sex, Money: Gender and Economic Inequality in HIV Edutainment Programming in Kenya. Renee Botta
- Horse Racing, Social Class, and the Spaces of Gambling. Holly Kruse
- Keep it Classy': Grindr, Facebook and Enclaves of Queer Privilege in India. Rohit K. Dasgupta
- YouTube-Based Programming and the Saudi Youth: Constructing a New Online Class and Monetizing Strategies. Omar Daoudi
- Mobile Technology and Class: Australian Family Households, Socioeconomic Status and Techno-Literacy. Will Balmford & Larissa Hjorth
- Hanging Out at Home as a Lifestyle: YouTube Home Tour Vlogs in East Asia. Crystal Abidin
- Young People, Smartphones and Invisible Illiteracies: Closing the Potentiality-Actuality Chasm in Mobile Media. Sun Sun Lim & Sze Ming Loh
- Media, Class and Childhood in South Asia. Shakuntala Banaji
- The Roots of Journalistic Perception: A Bourdieusian Approach to Media and Class. Sandra Vera Sambrano & Matt Powers
- The Aspirational Class ‘Mobility’ of Digital Nomads. Erika Polson
- Technologies of Recognition: The Classificatory Function of Social Media in Mobile Careers. André Jansson
- The Gig Economy and Class (De)Composition. Todd Wolfson
- Digital Hierarchies of Laboring Subjects. Kaitlyn Wauthier, Alyssa Fisher and Radhika Gajjala
- Between ‘World Class Work’ and ‘Proletarianised Labor’: Digital Labor Imaginaries in the Global South. Cheryll Ruth Soriano & Jason Vincent Cabañes
- Class Distinctions in Urban Broadband Initiatives. Germaine Halegoua
- ‘Second-Class’ Access: Homelessness and the Digital Materialization of Class. Justine Humphry
- Marginality and Social Class in Youth Media. Mohamed El-Marzouki
- Reconsidering Mobility: The Competing Logics of Information and Communication Technologies Across Class Differences in the Context of Denver’s Gentrification. Lynn Schofield Clark
- Class Interplay in Social Activism in Kenya. Job Mwaura
- The Vivid Particularities of Class and Media. David Morley
Section 1. Class and Mass Media
Section 2: Class in Interactive Digital and Mobile Media
Section 3: Labor in Digital/Media Contexts
Section 4: Media, Class and Expressions of Citizenship
Erika Polson is Associate Professor in the department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies at the University of Denver, USA. Her research focuses on digital media and mobility in global contexts. She is author of Privileged Mobilities: Professional Migration, Geo-social Media, and a New Global Middle Class (2016).
Lynn Schofield Clark is Professor and Chair of the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies and Director of the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver, USA. She is co-author most recently of the award-winning, Young People and the Future of News: Social Media and the Rise of Connective Journalism (2017). Clark serves as President of the Association of Internet Researchers.
Radhika Gajjala is Professor of American Culture Studies and Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University, USA. Her most recent book Digital Diasporas: Labor, Affect in Gendered Indian Digital Publics was published in 2019.