“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.