Gail Dines & Jean M. Humez (eds.)(1995). Gender, Race and Class in Media (A Text-Reader). (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage). xxi + 648 pp. ISBN 0-8039-5164-7. $46.95 (paper), $89.95 (hardcover). Resources for media activism, glossary, bibliography, author & subject indices, authors' biographies.
Forty authors are represented in the 62 chapters of this volume, covering much of the current political if not the media waterfront. While many of the authors are familiar to those in the larger field of communications-Stuart Hall, George Gerbner, Sut Jhally, Andrea Dworkin, bell hooks, Gloria Steinem, Larry Gross, John Fiske, etc.-the editors have focused carefully on the selection of works, most by less well-known authors, to include in the seven major parts of this reader. These parts are: a cultural studies approach to gender, race and class in the media; advertising; modes of sexual representation 1-romance novels and slasher films; modes of sexual representation 2-pornography; TV by day; TV by night; and music videos and rap music. While some media-notably radio and feature motion picture films-are given short shrift, and some newer media had not become important when this book was assembled, the included articles provide a thorough overview of the major current approach to cultural/demographic content (and other) studies of the media. Those who accept this approach will find the book useful as an undergraduate reader. Others, particularly those who have an outlook that has little quarrel with commercial media output, may find its strongly presented point of view disconcerting.
The above article was published in Media Ethics , Fall 2003 (15:1), p. 54.