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The Media and Body Image : If Looks Could Kill - Maggie Wykes

The Media and Body Image

If Looks Could Kill

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Blaming the media for reproducing and extolling unrealistic female bodies has almost become a popular truism. Even medical opinion notes that the media can influence young women to starve themselves and therefore act as a possible causal factor of disordered eating.

Yet surprisingly, little work has addressed either the nature of media representations of the body, or the ways in which audiences interpret and use such images in our contemporary cultural context.

The Media and Body Image addresses this lack and:

- Draws together literature from sociology, gender studies and psychology

- Brings together new empirical work on both media representations and audience responses

- Offers a broad discussion of this topic in the context of socio-cultural change, gender politics, and self-identity.

"Wykes and Gunter take a novel approach to familiar subjects - body image, eating disorders, Western ideals of beauty, media representations of femininity - by offering historical contextualization of the discourses surrounding each issue and articulating how these discourses relate. The upshot is a useful discussion that interrogates, rather than presumes, the effects of mass media on audiences and consumers. . . . Highly recommended." -- P.A. Fulfs * CHOICE *

Could Looks Kill?
Media Representations
Dying to Be Thin
Body Matters
Print
Selling Sex and Slenderness
Starring Roles
Screening Images
From Media Representations to Audience Impact
From Representation to Effects
Media Exposure and Body Image Ideals
Media Causation and Body Image Perception
The Media and Clinical Problems with Body Image
Conclusion
Body Messages and Body Meanings
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ISBN: 9780761942481
ISBN-10: 0761942483
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.4