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Women and the Media in Capitalism and Socialism

An Ecofeminist Inquiry

A close look at who shapes the news—and how that affects women.
Women and the Media in Capitalism and Socialism examines the news media in capitalist, socialist, and mixed governments to understand the position of women—both their work as journalists and their perception by readers and viewers. Drawing on case studies from around the world, the contributors ask: Who creates the news about women? Who is empowered to act as a news source? And what is the impact? The contributors then apply these questions to an array of examples, including sports journalists in the United Kingdom, reports about violence against women in Spain, news creation in Nigeria, and media representation of female politicians in Croatia.
Grounded in ecofeminism, the volume argues that women hold unequal positions in both capitalist and socialist societies and that these imbalances can only be erased through structural changes. This exciting international collaboration contributes to research on women in the media and grows our understanding of how gender inequities are experienced in different political economies.

328 pages | 3 tables, 6 graphs | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Gender and Sexuality

Media Studies

Women's Studies

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Table of Contents

Introduction: An Ecofeminist Perspective on Women and the Media in Capitalism and Socialism

Martina Topic


Whither Gender Equality? The Image of Women in News over Time

Hanne Vandenberghe

Losing on Aggregate: The Visibility of Female Sports Journalists in the UK and the Dominant Perceptions of Female Football Journalists

Bethany Fenner and Barbara Henderson

New New New (n3) Portrayals of Women in Television and Postfeminist News

Batya Weinbaum

When Sexism in Politics became a Media Issue in France: Mobilization of Female Political Journalists

Béatrice Damian-Gaillard and Eugénie Saitta

Who Creates the News about Violence Against Women? The Case of Spain

Belén Zurbano-Berenguer Salomé Sola-Morales and Paloma Sanz-Marcos

Women in Portuguese Print Media

Maria João Cunha and Carla Isabel Cruz

One Human, Unequal Gender:  A Critical Appraisal of Women and News Creation in Nigeria

Chinedu J. Nwasum, Jude Ogbodo, Joseph N. Chukwu and Sanita E. Nwakpu


The Media Representation of Female Politicians in Croatia: Who will give us power if we think we do not deserve it?

Mirela Holy

Being a Female Journalist in Serbia: Socialist and Post-Socialist Perspective

Nataša Simeunovic Bajic, Marija Vujovic and Anka Mihajlov Prokopovic

Cuban Women and the Media: A View of Cinema

Elena Díaz and Lisa Makarchuk

Narratives about Women’s Identity in Yugoslavia from a Croatian Perspective

Nikolina Borcic and Ivona Culo

Visual Representation of Fashion and Clothing Practices in the post-war Period of Socialist Yugoslavia in the Magazines Žena u borbi (Women in Struggle) and Naša moda (Our Fashion)

Ivana Culjak and Lea Vene

The Female Profile Promoted in Scânteia during the First Decade of the Communist Regime in Romania

Ovidiana Bulumac



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