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The Routledge Companion to Media and Class

1st Edition

Edited by Erika Polson, Lynn Schofield Clark, Radhika Gajjala


368 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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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

  1. Introduction: Media and Class in the 21st Century. Erika Polson, Lynn Schofield Clark, and Radhika Gajjala
  2. Section 1. Class and Mass Media

  3. Working Class Bodies in Advertising. Matthew P. McAllister and Litzy Galarza
  4. Faux Class: Hybridity and Confusion on Reality TV. June Deery
  5. Changing Faces of Migrants in Korean Television: The Mediated Westernization of Workers. Hun-Yul Lee
  6. Participation in Reality Television: Performance, Class and Dance Talent Shows. Annette Hill & Koko Kondo
  7. Love, Sex, Money: Gender and Economic Inequality in HIV Edutainment Programming in Kenya. Renee Botta
  8. Section 2: Class in Interactive Digital and Mobile Media

  9. Horse Racing, Social Class, and the Spaces of Gambling. Holly Kruse
  10. Keep it Classy': Grindr, Facebook and Enclaves of Queer Privilege in India. Rohit Dasgupta
  11. YouTube-Based Programming and the Saudi Youth: Constructing a New Online Class and Monetizing Strategies. Omar Daoudi
  12. Mobile Technology and Class: Australian Family Households, Socioeconomic Status and Techno-Literacy. Will Balmford & Larissa Hjorth
  13. Hanging Out at Home as a Lifestyle: YouTube Home Tour Vlogs in East Asia.Crystal Abidin
  14. Young People, Smartphones and Invisible Illiteracies: Closing the Potentiality-Actuality Chasm in Mobile Media. Sun Sun Lim & Sze Ming Loh
  15. Media, Class and Childhood in South Asia. Shakuntala Banaji
  16. Section 3: Labor in Digital/Media Contexts

  17. The Roots of Journalistic Perception: A Bourdieusian Approach to Media and Class. Sandra Vera Sambrano & Matt Powers
  18. The Aspirational Class ‘Mobility’ of Digital Nomads. Erika Polson
  19. Technologies of Recognition: The Classificatory Function of Social Media in Mobile Careers. André Jansson
  20. The Gig Economy and Class (De)Composition. Todd Wolfson
  21. Digital Hierarchies of Laboring Subjects. Kaitlyn Wauthier, Alyssa Fisher and Radhika Gajjala
  22. Between ‘World Class Work’ and ‘Proletarianised Labor’: Digital Labor Imaginaries in the Global South. Cheryll Ruth Soriano & Jason Vincent Cabañes
  23. Section 4: Media, Class and Expressions of Citizenship

  24. Class Distinctions in Urban Broadband Initiatives. Germaine Halegoua
  25. ‘Second-Class’ Access: Homelessness and the Digital Materialization of Class. Justine Humphry
  26. Marginality and Social Class in Youth Media. Mohamed El-Marzouki
  27. Reconsidering Mobility: The Competing Logics of Information and Communication Technologies Across Class Differences in the Context of Denver’s Gentrification. Lynn Schofield Clark
  28. Class Interplay in Social Activism in Kenya. Job Mwaura
  29. Postscript

  30. The Vivid Particularities of Class and Media. David Morley

About the Editors

Erika Polson is an 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. She is coauthor 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 isProfessor of American Culture Studies and Media and CommunicationBowling Green State University. Her most recent book Digital diasporas: labor, affect in gendered Indian digital publics is forthcoming in Fall 2019.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies