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ISBN-13: 978-1405187923
ISBN-10: 1405187921
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“Catherine Luther, Naeemah Clark, and Carolyn Lepre have authored the most important, accessible, and comprehensive textbook on US media representations of minority and marginalized groups that has appeared for many years. With separate chapters dedicated to Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Arabs and Arab Americans, Asian and Asian Americans, gender, LGBT, age, disability and social class, this sophisticated but highly readable text draws from a wide range of research traditions including political economy, identity theory, media effects, and psychological impacts.”
- Oliver Boyd-Barrett, Bowling Green State University

“This publication has arrived at the right moment for students, researchers, and media professionals.    Media should reflect a diverse society but often do not.  Luther, Clark, and Lepre have presented material that should be a must-read for those in a modern society, or those hoping to create one.”
- Douglas A. Boyd, Professor of Communication, University of Kentucky

From the Back Cover

Have Native-Americans always been portrayed accurately in books and films? What about historical depictions of African-Americans -- or women? Do contemporary newspaper accounts portray Arab-Americans any differently than Irish-Americans? For better or worse -- and too often, it's for the worse -- mass media depictions play a crucial role in shaping our views about individuals and social groups. Diversity in U.S. Mass Media offers comprehensive coverage of the evolution and myriad issues surrounding portrayals of social groups within the mass media of the United States. Issues addressed include representations of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and class in films, television, and the press. Also shown are ways in which new media have impacted such representations, including some of the innovative new Internet resources that are giving a voice to various social groups. By providing illuminating insights into the ways social groups are represented through the mass media, Diversity in U.S. Mass Media can help us immeasurably in gaining a better understanding of groups and individuals different from ourselves.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (October 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405187921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405187923
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jettakid on September 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I had to read this book for a class and it was one I actually didn't mind reading! Most of my textbooks are really dry, but this one uses lots of examples and doesn't try to jam any particular agenda down your throat. I really appreciated that. It presented the information in a way that let me think about the concepts and form my own opinion. We would talk about stuff in class later, using a lot of the examples discussed in the book. It went together really well. If you have to buy this book don't worry! You will actually not mind it!

And the review above? I'm not sure what that person is talking about... the book is written by professors!
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By Tammy Covington on August 29, 2013
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I had to purchase this for a college class and am kind of excited to read it. The only problem I have is that I cant see the page numbers so I am not sure how far to read each week or to tell which pages I will actually be quized on.
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I bought this for my class and it was a good read! I actually enjoyed reading this book and it broke things down to a very understandable level. I would read this if you want to know and understand mass media on a deeper level.
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By another_perspective on September 1, 2012
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I can now say that I have read a book that is truly irrelevant and apropos of nothing. I found it to be the literary(?) equivalent of the pet rock. Three uncredentialed, two "unpublished", journalism "professionals" have tried to justify racism in modern mass media. (The one "published" author has written for "Modern Bride" Magazine, "Martha Stewart Living" Magazine, and as a freelance writer from 1995 to the present, has contributed to such renowned periodicals as: "Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion", "Women's Day Holiday Baking", and "Time Out New York".) Being that they are members of the "profession" with a 21% "respect" rating by the American populace, you have to wonder about their chutzpah in even stepping into a field that needs no introdution to most of the American public. Writing about diversity in the mass media sounds about exciting as writing about the physics of evaporation. We all know they are out there, evaporation and racism by the mass media, so who needs a set of references on getting the concepts down? Save your money for a pet rock.
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