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Gender & Pop Culture

A Text-Reader

2014 - 220 pages

Adrienne Trier-Bieniek (Valencia College, Orlando, USA) and Patricia Leavy (Eds.)

ISBN Paperback: 9789462095731 ($ 36.00)
ISBN Hardcover: 9789462095748 ($ 99.00)
ISBN E-Book: 9789462095755

Subject: Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Gender and Education, Critical Media, Critical Thinking

Number 2 of the series: Teaching Gender

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Gender & Pop Culture provides a foundation for the study of gender, pop culture and media. This comprehensive, interdisciplinary text provides text-book style introductory and concluding chapters written by the editors, seven original contributor chapters on key topics and written in a variety of writing styles, discussion questions, additional resources and more. Coverage includes:

  • Foundations for studying gender & pop culture (history, theory, methods, key concepts)
  • Contributor chapters on media and children, advertising, music, television, film, sports, and technology
  • Ideas for activism and putting this book to use beyond the classroom
  • Pedagogical Features
  • Suggestions for further readings on topics covered and international studies of gender and pop culture

Gender & Pop Culture was designed with students in mind, to promote reflection and lively discussion. With features found in both textbooks and anthologies, this sleek book can serve as primary or supplemental reading in undergraduate courses across the disciplines that deal with gender, pop culture or media studies.

Honored Finalist:  USA Best Book Awards 2016 in the category of anthologies-nonfiction

Nominated: PCA Best Critical Edited Collection Award  2015

Nominated: 2015 Emily Toth Award for the Best Single Work by One or More Authors (from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association)

Nominated: The Best Edited Collection Award 2015 given by MPCA/ACA (Midwest Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association)

Finalist: Outstanding Book Award 2015 given by The Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender (OSCLG)

Nominated: 2015 Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited
Book in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture or American Culture

Praise for Gender & Pop Culture

 "The timely, well-written pieces in Gender and Pop Culture manage to convey some of the intellectual excitement -- and dare I say it, fun -- that the best in media studies and feminism can stimulate. Students and scholars alike will appreciate how the wide-ranging chapters in this volume provide greater depth and context to some of the great debates of our time about the 'effects of media' that take place every day in university classrooms and around kitchen tables. This should be required reading for anyone who's ever watched TV, gone to a movie or put on a pair of headphones!"
-- Jackson Katz, Ph.D., creator of Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood and American Culture and author of The Macho Paradox

“An important addition to the fields of gender and media studies, this excellent compilation will be useful to students and teachers in a wide range of disciplines. The research is solid, the examples from popular culture are current and interesting, and the conclusions are original and illuminating.  It is certain to stimulate self-reflection and lively discussion.”
-- Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., author, feminist activist and creator of the Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women film series

“An ideal teaching tool: the introduction is intellectually robust and orients the reader towards a productive engagement with the chapters; the contributions themselves are diverse and broad in terms of the subject matter covered; and the conclusion helps students take what they have learnt beyond the classroom. I can’t wait to make use of it.”
-- Sut Jhally, Professor of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Founder & Executive Director, Media Education Foundation

"Gender & Pop Culture takes no prisoners in describing the influences of patriarchy on a wide range of media.  With up-to-date examples, strongly worded arguments, and ideas for resistance, these chapters are sure classroom conversation starters."
-- Lisa Wade, Founder of Sociological Images and Professor at Occidental College

“This important new book by Trier-Bieniek & Leavy bursts off the pages with a devastating combination of age-old statistics and shocking new examples of gender-based inequities in popular culture. Trier-Bieniek & Leavy take readers on a walk through the very real continuing gender inequalities upon which cultural knowledge is constructed, demonstrating the pressing need for new approaches to this area of study. This book provides not only up-to-the-minute worldwide pop culture exemplars, but a clear-eyed overview of methodological approaches and theoretical frameworks for studying gender and pop culture that will be useful for novices to expert researchers in a range of disciplines. In addition, teachers, scholars and researchers will be thankful for the book’s pick-up-and-go approach which includes additional resources, suggested readings, links to digital assets, activities, and problem-based learning exercises. Buy this book now!”
-- Anne Harris, Filmmaker and Professor at Monash University



Adrienne Trier-Bieniek, Ph.D. is currently an assistant professor of sociology at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. Her first book, Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos (Scarecrow, 2013) addresses the ways women use music to heal after experiencing trauma.

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an internationally known scholar and best-selling author, formerly associate professor of sociology and the founding director of gender studies at Stonehill College. She is the author of the acclaimed novels American Circumstance and Low-Fat Love and has published a dozen nonfiction books including Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice.

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