Women, Violence, and the Media: Readings in Feminist Criminology

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Through the lens of feminist criminology, this volume examines the complex interrelationship of women, violence, and media presentations. The book is divided into three sections. The first, “Gendering Constructions,” lays the groundwork for the volume by examining the print media’s presentation of gendered violence, female killers on Law and Order, African American women in Hollywood films, and women in media, crime, and violence textbooks. The second section, “Debating the Issues,” explores aspects of femicide, including mass murder incidents, domestic violence in Bangladesh, and wartime sexual violence in reality and on television. The final section “Changing the Image,” focuses on efforts to replace masculine assumptions with constructive approaches to imagining women.

Designed for course adoption, Women, Violence, and the Media emphasizes the key themes and critical skills required for media literacy, and the volume offers guidelines for readers on conducting their own research.

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Editorial Reviews

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“[Women, Violence, and the Media: Readings in Feminist Criminology] snapped me out of my lawyer’s myopic view of gendered violence and begged me to consider different perspectives and frameworks. [The book] reflects the work of committed scholars from different disciplines, all seeking the same final destination.” —Signs

“The book collects well-executed content analyses focused on an unusually coherent set of statements about the importance of sociological thought and criticism of mass media organs for telling different stories. The prose and displays of data are suitable for classroom use, perhaps in courses on race/class/gender and media. A cover-to-cover journey should certainly tutor any reader in the difference between sociological approaches to violence and the medical/individualist/sensational angles that these authors criticize.”—Gender & Society

“Women, Violence, and the Media emphasizes the key themes and critical skills required for media literacy, and the volume offers guidelines for readers on conducting their own research.”—Media Report to Women

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555537036
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2009
  • Series: Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

DREW HUMPHRIES is Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Camden and the author of Crack Mothers: Pregnancy, Drugs, and the Media (Ohio State University Press 1999).

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Table of Contents

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Introduction: Toward a Framework for Integrating Women, Violence, and the Media
Gendered Constructions: Women and Violence
Words that Wound: Print Media's Presentation of Gendered Violence - Michelle L. Meloy and Susan L. Miller
Constructing Murderers: Female Killers of 'Law and Order' - Drew Humphries
Screening Stereotypes: African American Women in Hollywood Films - Frankie Y. Bailey
What about Women? The Representation of Women in Media, Crime, and Violence Textbooks - Zoann K. Snyder
Debating the Issues: Femicide and Sexual Terrorism
Does Gender Make a Difference? The Influence of Female Victimization on Media Coverage of Mass Murder Incidents - Janice E. Clifford, Carl J. Jensen III, and Thomas A. Petee
Rapist Freed, Victim Punished: Newspaper Accounts of Violence against Women in Bangladesh - Mahfuzul I. Khondaker and Melissa H. Barlow
Media Images of Sexual Violence: Ethnic Cleansing in Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia - Yaschica Williams and Janine Bower
The Haunting of Jane Tennison: Investigating Violence against Women in 'Prime Suspect' - Madelaine Adelman, Gray Cavender, and Nancy C. Jurik
Changing the Image: Feminist Critics and Criticism
Victims and Sources: Newspaper Reports of Mass Murder in Domestic Contexts - John W. Heeren and Jill Theresa Messing
Running Out of Oxygen: Is "Television for Women" Suffocating Women? - Emily Lenning and Darrin Kowitz
Making Sense of a Female Malady: Fear of Crime, Hysteria, and Women Watching 'Crimewatch UK' - Deborah Jermyn
Victim Blaming through High-Profile Crimes: An Analysis of Unintended Consequences - Lynn S. Chancer
Selected Readings

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