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Prime-Time Feminism: Television, Media Culture, and the Women's Movement Since 1970 (Feminist Cultural Studies, the Media, and Political Culture) Paperback – June 1, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0812215540 ISBN-10: 0812215540

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Product Details

  • Series: Feminist Cultural Studies, the Media, and Political Culture
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812215540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812215540
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dow's critical insights are inventive, ranging wisely across several disciplines, particularly the history of the U.S. women's movement."—Journal of Communication



"Prime-Time Feminism is an important book for scholars and courses in gender and the media. It is a crucial piece of a picture that has not always been pretty."—Quarterly Journal of Speech



"The author offers surprising connections and comparisons in the book . . . and she provides a solid overview of the women's movement in America to the present. . . . Highly recommended for upper-division and graduate media, cultural, and feminist studies collections."—Choice

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Bonnie J. Dow is Assistant Professor of Communication at North Dakota State University.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Professor on June 25, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dow is a marvelous writer and her subject of study has deserved this kind of treatment for ages. The book is limited by its focus on whiteness, but so is television itself! Dow does an impressive job of showing the links between TV and the feminist movement. Patterns and changes over time in the pursuit of women's rights become clearer as does the ways in which TV uses these patterns and changes. As enjoyable as but more serious and scholarly than Susan Douglas's _Where the Girls Are_. The "Mary Tyler Moore" show chapter is an absolute classic and a must-read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dana G. Williams on April 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you're teaching a class on the image of women in television, Bonnie J. Dow's text is perfect for undergraduate students. It is very thorough in it's texts at examining Mary Tyler Moore, Murphy Brown, etc. It's a timeline of the women's movement through media images and analyzes them in terms of the context of the how society depicted the decades rather than in terms of the feminist movement.
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While the characters and shows are now a bit dated (the peril of any book of this nature), this book offers a very reader-friendly analysis of female characters. This book is wonderful to generate discussion of how television and other media function culturally and politically. While Dow's book would be an ideal classroom text, it is easy enough to read to qualify as a "fun" read without sacrificing any quality of analysis.
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By Kelsey Ransom on September 11, 2014
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Love this book. Bought it for a paper for a class and it came in very handy.
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