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Class and News
     

Class and News

by Don Heider (Editor), Janet Blank-Libra (Contribution by), Bonnie Brennen (Contribution by), Dennis J. Dunleavy (Contribution by), James S. Ettema (Contribution by)
 
Class and News is a multidisciplinary collection of essays examining how the news media treats or neglects this structure in everyday reporting. Are certain stories are chosen for their appeal to the upper or middle classes? Are stories of interest to lower class readers/viewers avoided? How are issues of social order reported or reflected in stories that aren't about

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Class and News is a multidisciplinary collection of essays examining how the news media treats or neglects this structure in everyday reporting. Are certain stories are chosen for their appeal to the upper or middle classes? Are stories of interest to lower class readers/viewers avoided? How are issues of social order reported or reflected in stories that aren't about class? This in-depth work will be a valuable resource for students, scholars, and general readers interested in the dynamics of class and news in the United States.

Editorial Reviews

Mass Communication and Society
Heider has brought together some excellent current scholarship explicating the very concept of class in America, how news influences people's ideas about class and what people believe and how they act, the way meaning is constructed in news, and how media operate to create or reinforce social values. No doubt the book will enlighten veteran scholars as well as readers who have not given the subject much attention. This book should be essential reading for students and scholars seriously interested in mass communication and society.
Choice
Essential.
Political Communication
This book deserves to be read by anyone who cares about classed news and its intersections with race and gender. Its deliberate eclecticism offers a range of methods that might make it especially useful for graduate students formulating their own research agendas and strategies.
CHOICE
Essential.
Herbert J. Gans
Class and News is a lively anthology of news media studies which brings class and class bias back into media sociology. Heider's authors demonstrate how much America's news is still produced largely for and about the country's middle classes while ignoring or demonizing those lower in the socio-economic pecking order.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742527126
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/15/2004
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.07(d)

Meet the Author

Don Heider is associate professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

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