Women, Media and Politics

Women, Media and Politics

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Gender is one of the primary fault lines running through contemporary American politics. The political agenda has become deeply polarized by such issues as affirmative action, abortion rights, and welfare reform. In short, gender politics, once regarded as marginal, has emerged as one of the core dividing lines in identifying politicians, parties, issues, and voters in America. Not surprising, the way media covers gender politics has long been a matter of contention. The issue at the heart of this book is whether, as critics suggest, media coverage of women in America reinforces rather than challenges the dominant culture, thereby contributing towards women's marginalization in public life. A collection of original essays by twenty-one top academics and journalists is the first book to systematically examine the impact of the media on women's power in America. It focuses on how the role of American women as citizens, political leaders, and feminist activists has been influenced by the media, for better or worse, in recent decades. Using multi-method approaches involving surveys, content analysis, focus groups, interviews, and personal experience, the authors analyse the role of women as journalists, the impact of campaign coverage, images of women in power, and coverage of women's movements and feminist policy issues. Women, Media, and Politics will be an important resource for both experts and informed readers interested in contemporary political and social debate.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 286 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 25.4mm | 411g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • notes, bibliography, index
  • 0195105664
  • 9780195105667

Table of contents

Introduction - women, media and politics. Part I Women as journalists: women as journalists; what difference do women journalists make? Part II Campaign coverage: how women campaign for the US Senate - substance and strategy; the effects of gender stereotypes on women's campaigns; a gender gap among viewers?; media framing of the gender gap. Part III Changing images of women in power: media coverage of women in the 103rd Congress; women leaders worldwide - a splash of colour in the photo op; the First Lady, political power and the media - who elected her anyway? Part IV Framing the women's movement, feminism and public policy: feminists and feminism in the news; framing the women's movement; talk radio and gender politics; how can media coverage of women be improved? - guidelines for good practice.show more

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