Sex and Money: Feminism and Political Economy in the Media / Edition 1

Sex and Money: Feminism and Political Economy in the Media / Edition 1

by Eileen R. Meehan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816637881

ISBN-13: 9780816637881

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

It all comes down to sex and money: how the media are organized, how they work, what they say, who gets to say it, and to whom. That is the message this book delivers-and then parses for its meaning to society and culture. Forcefully and persuasively, this groundbreaking volume uses the media to show how questions of gender and economics are inextricably linked…  See more details below

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It all comes down to sex and money: how the media are organized, how they work, what they say, who gets to say it, and to whom. That is the message this book delivers-and then parses for its meaning to society and culture. Forcefully and persuasively, this groundbreaking volume uses the media to show how questions of gender and economics are inextricably linked to issues of power in Western capitalist societies. Integrating political economy and feminism, it offers a new understanding of communication at the personal, experiential, institutional, and structural levels-and exposes all the subtle and complex ways in which sex and money are sutured into individuals' daily lives.

Contributors: Robin Andersen, Fordham U; Ellen Balka, Simon Fraser U; Amy Beer; Carolyn M. Byerly, Ithaca College; Ramona Curry, U of Illinois; Fred Fejes, Florida Atlantic U; Nancy Hauserman, U of Iowa; Michèle Martin, Carleton U, Canada; Stana Martin, Central Missouri State U; Lisa McLaughlin, Miami U, Ohio; Roopali Mukherjee, Indiana U; Angela R. Record; Karen Ross, Coventry U; H. Leslie Steeves, U of Oregon; Angharad N. Valdivia, U of Illinois; Janet Wasko, U of Oregon; and Justin Wyatt.

Eileen R. Meehan is associate professor of media arts at the University of Arizona. Ellen Riordan is assistant professor of mass communication at Miami University, Ohio.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816637881
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Commerce and Mass Culture Series, #7
Edition description:
1
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introductionix
I.Theorizing the Connections: Sex, Money, Media
1.Intersections and New Directions: On Feminism and Political Economy3
2.Feminist Theory and Political Economy: Toward a Friendly Alliance16
3.Something Old, Something New: Lingering Moments in the Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism30
II.In the Public Sphere: Work, Technology, Law
4.An Unsuitable Technology for a Woman? Communication as Circulation49
5.The Invisibility of the Everyday: New Technology and Women's Work60
6.The Political Economy of Women's Employment in the Information Sector75
7.Sexual Harassment as an Economic Concern: Swedish and American Coverage of Astra88
8.Single Moms, Quota Queens, and the Model Majority: Putting "Women" to Work in the California Civil Rights Initiative100
9.Selling Women (Down the River): Gendered Relations and the Political Economy of Broadcast News112
10.Gender and the Political Economy of Newsmaking: A Case Study of Human Rights Coverage130
III.In the Private Sphere: Entertainment, Identity, Consumption
11.Weighing the Transgressive Star Body of Shelley Duvall147
12.Periodical Pleasures: Magazines for U.S. Latinas164
13.Born to Shop: Teenage Women and the Marketplace in the Postwar United States181
14.Advertising and the Political Economy of Lesbian/Gay Identity196
15.Gendering the Commodity Audience: Critical Media Research, Feminism, and Political Economy209
16.The Thrill Is Gone: Advertising, Gender Representation, and the Loss of Desire223
17.Xuxa at the Borders of U.S. TV: Checked for Gender, Race, and National Identity240
Bibliography257
Contributors291
Index295

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