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read Media, Gender and Identity then I would love to hear from you. Please
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is infectious, the subject matter engaging, and, as a result, the book is difficult
to put aside. It is a thoroughly pleasurable introduction to the ties between
self-identities and representations of gender in media." - Anne E. Lincoln in
Journal of Consumer Culture (2003): See full review
"Brings the theory
of popular culture to the widest possible audience... Delightful
and provocative" - Charlie Peverett of HERO: See full review
provides an interesting perspective on the many changes experienced
by young people in the modern world, in an interesting and
stimulating manner. There are many references to films, magazines,
pop music and television, which demonstrate how the media
are used in the shaping of self-identities. The book could
be a good resource for students new to sociology and other
related disciplines because it presents interesting but abstract
ideas about identity and the self, and places them in a real
world context of actual people and the media today."
- Kathy French in Nursing Inquiry (2004), vol.
11 (2), pp. 124-127.
is an incredibly exuberant account of the changing landscape of popular media
and culture. David Gauntlett shows how gender politics are reinvented for popular
consumption, in ways which illustrate the media alert to its own critics but also
influenced by new ways of thinking and affected by the introduction of new constraints.
The wide and up-to-date range of cultural forms referred to, as well as the accessible
style, will make this book very appealing to students." - Angela McRobbie,
Professor of Communications, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
this excellent new book, David Gauntlett pushes the study of popular media and
gender identities into the twenty-first century. Theories of self, gender, sexuality
and identity are clearly explained, and then connected in fascinating new ways
with a wealth of up-to-date examples from movies, TV and pop music." - Annette Hill,
Reader in Communications, University of Westminster.
"I read Media,
Gender and Identity during my research about men's magazines. I found it extremely
helpful as it offers ideas that I haven't found in any other books. Gauntlett
is very open-minded in his approach to this and other topics. Instead of damning
phenomenon like the upcoming of Loaded, FHM and Co. he tries to positively explain
their influence on society. This is overall the most modern book I have read about
the influence of media on gender and identity as it takes in consideration pop
music, films and magazines and in my opinion paints a realistic image of the world
of young people today. I can only advise anyone to read this book who is interested
in how media influences society. It is written in a very well understandable language
that even I - not a native English speaker- could well follow and is even fun
to read - something you can unfortunately not say about many theory books for
university." - Meike Werkmeister, Bremen, Germany (review originally posted
introduction, not only for media students. There are dozens of books on popular
culture and its relation to gender and identity issues out there, but this one
is extraordinary: concise, up-to-date, and very readable. Gauntlett wrote not
only an introduction to the main theories of popular culture like Giddens, Foucault
or queer theory - he illustrated all the discussed theoretical concepts with recent
examples like movies, TV series, music, websites, and magazines. If you are a
student of media studies and always wanted to know how popular culture influences
our lifestyles and our concepts of gender and identity - grab this book! It is
well written and clearly structured with plenty of cross-references and suggestions
for further reading. A unique feature is the accompanying website where additional
material can be found." - Andrea Loibnegger, Klagenfurt, Austria (review
originally posted at Amazon.com).
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