This is the first study of Hollywood by an anthropologist. Jorja Prover examines how different groups of individuals, separated from one another superficially by ethnicity, race, and sex, function as writers in Hollywood. She describes the white “majority” Hollywood writers and explores their concerns and creative processes, and then discusses other writers who, until recently, have been virtually invisible in the entertainment industry—women, the physically challenged, gays, African Americans, Latinos, and Asians. In detailing their efforts at gaining professional acceptance, these writers introduce new, previously unmentioned issues involving access, advancement, talent, sexual harassment, and discrimination.
Despite their highly influential role in American culture, the members of the entertainment industry have long been overlooked by anthropologists and ethnographers. This examination of the individuals who write motion pictures and television focuses on two groups: the white "majority" Hollywood writers and the individual writers belonging to "unrepresented groups" within American society and Hollywood, including women, the physically challenged, gays, and people of color. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)