Feminist Media Studies
- Liesbet van Zoonen - Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands, Loughborough University, UK
Communication and Media Studies (General)
The text initially outlines some major themes in feminist media studies and the ways in which they offer specific models for understanding the media. The author goes on to examine the key questions posed by a gendered approach within communication and cultural studies. Issues explored include: theories of transmission, representation, construction and discourse; the structures of media organization and production; the analysis of media representations through content analysis and semiotics; the contradictions of the gendered image as spectacle; new approaches to understanding the audience and the politics of media reception; and the potential of feminist and interpretive research strategies.
Seminal work that should be read as widely as possible.