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Images That Injure is a collection of essays that discuss visual messages that harm and perpetuate misleading myths about members of various cultural groups. The volume begins with a general overview and includes ethnic, gender, age, physical disabilities, sexual orientation, and miscellaneous (from politicians to police officers) stereotypes with contributions written by some of the leading experts in the field of mass communications. The strength and scope of the work comes from its generalistic approach. This is the first published work that looks at media stereotypes of people in such a broad range of categories. In concluding sections, educators offer their insights on the impact, societal costs, and solutions to visual stereotypical coverage. In addition, a photographic section presents positive examples of visual coverage of various groups.

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Editorial Reviews

Experts in communication, visual communication, and graphics analyze images that present various stereotypes, looking at the impacts of such images on individuals and society and the motivations of those who made the images. Topics include media methods that lead to stereotypes; newspaper stereotypes of African Americans; images of men in advertising; and images of teachers in network television. Contains b&w photos. For students and professionals in media, journalism, and communication. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275953577
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/20/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

PAUL MARTIN LESTER is a Professor of Communications at California State University at Fullerton. He co-authors the monthly column "Ethics Matters" for News Photographer, the journal of the National Press Photographers Association. He has given keynote speeches, presentations, and workshops throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the Netherlands.

SUSAN DENTE ROSS is an Associate Professor at the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University, where she directs the undergraduate program in Media and the Law. In addition to conducting research on media portrayals of minorities, she is a First Amendment scholar and the former head of the Law Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Table of Contents

Images That Injure: An Introduction 1
I A General Overview
1 Moral Responsibilities and the Power of Pictures 7
2 Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination 15
3 Media Methods That Lead to Stereotypes 23
4 Unconscious, Ubiquitous Frames 29
5 Images That Heal 35
II Stereotypes from September 11, 2001
6 Visual Symbolism and Stereotypes in the Wake of 9/11 43
7 Terrorists We Like and Terrorists We Don't Like 51
8 Unequal Combatants on an Uneven Media Battlefield: Palestine and Israel 57
9 Post-9/11 Discrimination against Arabs and Muslims 65
10 Arabs and Arab Americans: Ancient Middle East Conflicts Hit Home 75
III Ethnic Stereotypes
11 Media Stereotypes of African Americans 87
12 Ethnic Stereotpyes: Hispanics and Mexican Americans 93
13 Exotics, Erotic, and Coconuts: Stereotypes of Pacific Islanders 103
14 Native American Stereotypes 113
15 Jewish Images That Injure 121
16 Images of Irish Americans: Invisible, Inebriated, or Irascible 131
IV Gender Stereotypes
17 Women as Sex Partners 141
18 We've Come a Long Way Maybe: An Analysis of the Portrayal of Women in Super Bowl Commercials from 1989 to 2002 149
V Age Stereotypes
19 The Child as Image: Media Stereotypes of Children 159
20 Growing Old in Commercials: Not Always a Laughing Matter 167
VI Physical Stereotypes
21 The Invisible Cultural Group: Images of Disability 175
22 The Blind in the Media: A Vision of Stereotypes in Action 185
VII Sexual Orientation Stereotypes
23 Recapturing the Archetype: An Inclusive Vision of Sexuality and Gender 197
24 The Avocado and the Asparagus: Searching for Masculine and Feminine Archetypes within the Stereotyping Theater of Sexualized Mediatypes 207
VIII Miscellaneous Stereotypes
25 Drawing Blood: Images, Stereotypes, and the Political Cartoon 223
26 Transformation of a Stereotype: Geeks, Nerds, Whiz Kids, and Hackers 233
27 Stereotyping of Media Personnel 241
IX Conclusion
28 Common Ground and Future Hopes 251
Notes and References 261
Bibliography 285
Index 307
About the Contributors 317
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