Media, Gender and Identity: An Introduction / Edition 1

Media, Gender and Identity: An Introduction / Edition 1

by David Gauntlett, D. Gauntlett
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415189608

ISBN-13: 9780415189606

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This accessible introduction to the relationship between media and gender draws on queer theory, as well as examples from film, television, and men's and women's magazines.

Overview

This accessible introduction to the relationship between media and gender draws on queer theory, as well as examples from film, television, and men's and women's magazines.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415189606
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgements
Chapter 1: Introduction
Why media influences are important
Outline of this book
A note on methodology
MEN AND WOMEN TODAY
Equality and inequality
All bad news?
Masculinity
Femininity
Sexual identities today
Funny way of talking
How to criticize this book
The book's website
Chapter 2: Some Background Debates
MEDIA POWER VERSUS PEOPLE POWER
Adorno: Media power
Fiske: Audience power
WHY PREVIOUS PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH DOESN'T HELP
Why media effects studies are usually disastrous
Ten things wrong with the 'media effects' model
So much for that, then
Psychologists on the development of gender identity
Differences between women and men-somebody else's problem [box]
The malign influence of psychology textbooks
Talking point [box]
Why pick on psychology
Summary
Chapter 3: Representations of Gender in the Past
Women and men on TV
Women and men in movies
James Bond and changing times [box]
Women's magazines in the past
The Cosmo factor
Gender in advertising
Summary
Chapter 4: Representations of Gender Today
Content analysis: do it yourself [box]
Gender in contemporary TV programmes
Changing times, changing Star Treks [box]
What about pop music? [box]
What about new media? [box]
Gender in contemporary movies
Gender in film case study 1: Charlie's Angels (2000)
Gender in film case study 2: What Women Want (2000)
Gender in some other recent films
Gender in contemporary advertising
Selling beauty
Back to some actual ads
Queer TV [box]
Emerging alternative sexualities on TV
Gays on film
Other 'others': The queer case of the X-Men
Summary
Chapter 5: Giddens, Modernity and Self-Identity
Cool and classical
Four things about Anthony Giddens [box]
Key themes
On the side of the angels
The theory of structuralism
Structuration [box]
Social order and reproduction
Giddens, late modernity, and postmodernism
Post-traditional society
Modernity and the self
Features of late modernity
The reflexive project of the self
The reflexive self and sexuality
Consumerism and identity
Lifestyle
The body, agency, and identity
The transformation of intimacy
Self-help, popular culture and the ideal self
Story structures
The Antigiddens: Stjepan Mestrovic
Summary
Chapter 6: Michel Foucault: Lifestyle Analyst
Foucault's Paris [box]
Foucault on power
Foucault's fans and foes [box]
Power and resistance
Sex and identity
Back to lifestyle: Foucault's ethics
Technologies of the self
The art of life
Gay lifestyle
Summary
Chapter 7: Queer Theory and Fluid Identities
The easy bullet point summary
Queer studies [box]
Questioning sex as well as gender
Gender as a performance
Subversion
Did Butler really say that?
Using Butler
The anti-Butler: Martha Nussbaum
Another attack on queer theory
Summary
Chapter 8: Self-help Books and the Pursuit of a Happy Identity
Personal narratives and lifestyles
Solutions to every problem
And for the men
Transformations for all
SELF-HELP BOOKS IN MORE DEPTH
Tin men
Ordinary men
Insider men's heads
Stupid men
Successful men
The half-time score: Books for men summary
Self-help for women
Go girl!
Bell hooks' self-help for black women
Dr. Laura again
The uncompromising Rules
Books for women summary
Self-help for everybody
Intergalactic harmony
Mars and Venus in cyberspace [box]
No excuses
Websites related to these books [box]
Plenty more where they came from
Summary and conclusion
Chapter 9: Men's Magazines and Modern Male Identities
About the interviews with readers [box]
The emergence of men's lifestyle magazines
What's in them:
1. FHM
2. Loaded
3. Maxim
4. Men's Health
5. Front
6. GQ
The rest
So what's it all about?
Isn't it ironic
Why irony?
Fear of intimacy
Reinscribing sexism
Men and women as clear and opposite identities
What other respondents said
Summary
Chapter 10: Women's Magazines and Modern Female Identities
The debate about the magazines' impact
The magazines today
Don't judge a book by its cover? [box]
KEY THEMES
Men as sex objects
Sex and sexuality
Relationships
Transformation and empowerment
WHAT THE READERS SAY
The 'pick and mix' reader
Thinking through identity
The ideal woman
The downside
The readers' conclusion - Women win?
Summary and conclusion
Do women's magazines promote anorexia? [box]
Magazines for lesbians and gay men [box]
Chapter 11: Role Models
Who's a role model?
So what is a role model?
Girl power
Eminem: role model [box]
Music for boys
Britney Spears: role model?
Britney Spears: what the fans said
Summary
Chapter 12: Conclusions
Fluidity of identities and the decline of tradition
Generational differences
Role models
Masculinity in crisis?
Girl power
Popular feminism, women and men
Diversity of sexualities
Gender trouble
Media power versus audience power
Contradictory elements
Change
Finally
References

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