Framing Class: Media Representations of Wealth and Poverty in America / Edition 2

Framing Class: Media Representations of Wealth and Poverty in America / Edition 2

by Diana Kendall
     
 

ISBN-10: 1442202238

ISBN-13: 9781442202238

Pub. Date: 04/16/2011

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

"Why do most people think of themselves as middle class? Why do we view people in other social classes the way that we do? Why do many of us spend more than we can afford buying luxury items that we do not need? Framing Class provides answers to these questions. Through extensive content analysis of sources that include the archives of major newspapers and fifty years…  See more details below

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"Why do most people think of themselves as middle class? Why do we view people in other social classes the way that we do? Why do many of us spend more than we can afford buying luxury items that we do not need? Framing Class provides answers to these questions. Through extensive content analysis of sources that include the archives of major newspapers and fifty years of television programming, Kendall illustrates how the media use framing to provide a shorthand code for the presumed values and lifestyles of the upper, middle, working, and poverty classes, thereby influencing our opinions of these classes. By doing so, she provides readers with the opportunity to assess for themselves what effect these frames may have on media audiences." Framing Class is the first book to use the sociological imagination in analyzing how popular culture frames social class in the United States and the effect that framing has on our opinions on this vital topic. This book shows how the media frame class to favorably portray the lifestyles of the upper classes while negatively stereotyping the working class and poor, perhaps contributing to the ever-widening chasm between the haves and the have-nots in the United States.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442202238
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/16/2011
Edition description:
2nd Edition
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1Class action in the media1
2Twenty-four-karat gold frames : lifestyles of the rich and famous21
3Gilded cages : media stories of how the mighty have fallen59
4Fragile frames : the poor and homeless93
5Tarnished metal frames : the working class and the working poor137
6Splintered wooden frames : the middle class183
7Framing class, vicarious living, and conspicuous consumption229

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