Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Dr Cynthia Carter’s new co-edited book The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender delivers a comprehensive examination of media and gender studies, charting its histories, investigating ongoing controversies and assessing future trends..
Published by Routledge and also co-edited by Dr Linda Steiner and Dr Lisa McLaughlin, the book’s 59 chapters are written by researchers from around the world.
Each chapter provides an engaging and authoritative survey of current thinking in media and gender research, drawing on a broad array of global and transnational concerns and intersectional perspectives.
Dr Carter said “Media commentators often claim that feminism has achieved its initial aim of equality between the sexes.
“This assertion tends to support the view that, in westernized, “postfeminist” societies, scholars no longer need to interrogate gendered media forms, practices and consumption processes because, over the past few decades, public perceptions of gender roles, opportunities, and expectations have changed for the better.
“Nevertheless, many problems remain; new concerns, debates, and tensions cry out for scholarly investigation.”
Topics addressed across the book include audiences and prosumption; children and young people; class; commercialisation and sexualisation; cosmetic surgery; digital policy; globalisation; masculinity, media activism; news and journalism; postfeminism; queer identities; racism; social media; sexual violence, teen drama and video games.
JOMEC’s Director of Research Environment and Development, Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen said, “The prominence of authors contributing to the Routledge Companion to Media and Gender, and the variety of topics and debates tackled in the book demonstrates that gender continues to matter.
“The issues are more complicated than ever, necessitating more nuanced and multifaceted understandings of the relationship between media and gender. This book represents a significant contribution to feminist theory, reflecting Dr Carter’s prominent international profile and impressive research portfolio in the area.”
For more information about the book, you can peek inside here.
View Inside the Book here
Cross Cutting Research Expertise - Feminism, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Dr Cynthia Carter is also the Co-editor of Feminist Media Studies