Originally published in 1992. This book captures the dynamic confluence of feminist and communication scholarship by setting out some of the provocative questions that mark this intersection. Several of the essays in the book are theoretical in nature, and consider the changing complexion of the field in view of this cross-fertilization; other contributors tackle those individual forms of communication that pose certain challenges for women such as verbal harassment and pornography. The final section of the book, more ethnographic in nature, presents a number of case studies, written primarily by women of colour, which recount the various ways that communication forms such as television, journalism and spoken discourse construct and perpetuate racist and sexist stereotypes.
Table of Contents
Preface. Part 1: The Politics of Making Meaning 1. The Field Reconsidered Lana F. Rakow 2. Male is to Female as ____ is to ____: A Guided Tour of Five Feminist Frameworks for Communication Studies Kathryn Cirksena and Lisa Cuklanz 3. The Politics of Difference: Race, Class, and Women’s Communication Marsha Houston 4. Accounting for Others: Feminism and Representation Keya Ganguly Part 2: Beyond the Field’s Boundaries 5. Theorizing Through the Body Elspeth Probyn 6. Harassment and Everyday Life Cheris Kramarae 7. The History and Structure of Women’s Alternative Media Linda Steiner 8. Pornography’s Active Subordination of Women: Radical Feminists Re-Claim Speech Rights Ann Russo 9. Women’s Revolutionary Place Angharad N. Valdivia Part 3: Case Studies in Making Meaning 10. Big Differences on the Small Screen: Race, Class, Gender, Feminine Beauty and the Characters at Frank’s Place Jackie Byars and Chad Dell 11. Mary Ann Shadd Cary and the Legacy of African-American Women Journalists Jane Rhodes 12. The Construction of Chinese American Women’s Identity Victoria Chen 13. Women’s Narratives in a New York Puerto Rican Community Lourdes Torres 14. Telling Stories about Reality: Women’s Responses to a Workplace Organization Campaign Nina Gregg