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CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS:
Images Of Difference And Different Images: Social Minorities And The Media
The following is a call for book chapters to be included in a book on social
minorities and the media, edited by Ruth Butler and Denise Carter.
This edited text draws together ongoing and new research from across the social
sciences, which focuses upon the complex interactions of minority social groups
with different medias, for example newspapers, music, advertising, film,
internet and TV. One of the most recently formed study groups of the British
Sociological Association has been the ‘Sociology of Media’, reflecting the
growing levels of research and teaching within this area. In Human Geography
there have been a number of conference sessions, special journal issues and
texts on specific medias. In some centres Journalists are coming together with
Sociologists under the fundamental premise that journalism could benefit from a
sociological perspective which seeks to reduce cultural biases, and that
sociologists can learn much from journalists about communicating important
information. At the same time, constructionist models of social minorities -
disabled, gay and lesbian, gender, youth, child and race - continue to point to
the need for social change and education as a necessity for greater integration
and tolerance. However, although this need is often identified as a research
conclusion there is relatively little comment on how such change and education
may be achieved.
We are looking for book chapters (5000 words) that explore various approaches to
this analysis of the relationship between the media and minority groups. In
particular we are looking to arrange the book in three sections:-
1.The same old stories: perpetuating stereotypes
The media has been noted as being a powerful adversary to minority groups. Its
role in perpetuating the stereotypical images of disabled people, ethnic
minorities, women and youths for example are well documented.
2. Spaces of escape/equality/disembodiment
New communications technologies may be seen to facilitate unlimited access to
new social arenas that are disconnected from the traditional referents of age,
race, gender, and so on. Equally the authorship of texts under pseudonyms, has
at times been used to deliberately hide the gender or other factors in the
social background of writers.
3. Radical voices: a space to speak.
Different medias can offer a space to speak, a political platform, a space to
present new images and depictions of misunderstood or previously silenced
minorities. The use of music in the Black Rights movement, and the significance
of recent TV programmes by gay and disabled script writers and producers are
just two examples.
Chapter proposals and a brief academic biography should be sent to one of the
editors at the address below by 29th March. If you would like to discuss an
idea informally or have any queries we will also be happy to hear from you.
A timetable for submission of final work will be established in the near future.
Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology
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Tel: 01482 465024
Lecturer in Applied Social Research
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Tel: 01482 465788
University of Hull,
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