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Social Inequality & The Politics of Representation

Social Inequality & The Politics of Representation
A Global Landscape

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September 2012 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In a global landscape, the representational practices through which inequalities gain meaning are central- both within and across national boundaries. Social Inequality & The Politics of Representation takes a fresh look at how inequalities of class, race, sexuality, gender, and nation are constructed in twenty countries on five continents. It offers both rich insight and cultural critique- yet it does not offer a universal paradigm, nor is it concerned with debates about scholarship from "the center" or "the periphery". The collection de-centers North American/European paradigms by placing scholarship from countries around the globe on equal footing.

Readers will find a variety of analytical styles including frame analysis, semiotics, poststructural discourse analysis, critical discourse studies, and conversation analysis. Each chapter provides an overview of relevant cultural and historical contexts for an international audience as well as a brief introduction to relevant methodological and theoretical frameworks. Consequently, it is both a richly diverse and easily accessible collection.

Celine-Marie Pascale
Martin Power, Amanda Haynes and Eoin Devereaux
1. Class Invisibility and Stigmatization: Irish Media Coverage of a Public Housing Project in Limerick
Viviane de Melo Resende and Viviane Tamalho
2. Inequality and Representation: Critical Discourse Analysis of News Coverage about Homelessness
Roland Terborg and Laura Garcia Landa
3. Poverty and the Survival of Discourses of Discrimination: Otomi Speakers in Mexico
Kevin Whitehead
4. Race-Class Intersections as Interactional Resources in Post-Apartheid South Africa
Natasa Simeunovic Bajic
5. The Representation of Ehtnic-cultural Otherness: The Roma Minority in Serbian Press
Shiao-yun Chiang
6. You Are Trying to Make Race an Issue! Race-baiting and Social Categorizatino in US Immigrant Debates
Hemant Shah
7. Global Media and Cultural Identities: The Case of Indians in Post-Amin Uganda
Jackie Jia Lou
8. Representing and Reconstructing Chinatown: A Social Semiotic Analysis of Place Names in Urban Planning Policies of Washington, DC
Hae Yeon Choo and Myra Marx Ferree
9. Sexual Citizenship and Suffering Subjects: Media Discourse about Teenage Homosexuality in South Korea
Sanya Osha
10. Hidden Sex: Behind the Veil and in the Forest
Valentina Pagliai
11. The Bad and the Good (Queer) Immigrant in Italian Mass Media
Antke Engel
12. The Surplus of Paradoxes: Queering/Images of Sexuality and Economy
Ricarda Drüeke, Susanne Kirchhoff and Elisabeth Klaus
13. Positioning the Veiled Woman: An Analysis of Austrian Press Photographs in the Context of the European Headscarf Debates
Kjerstin Andersson
14. Constructing the Other: Young Men's Talk on Ethnic and Racist Violence
Ebru Sungun
15. Language as a Means of 'Civilizing' Kurdish Women in Turkey
Caesar DeAlvais, Maya Khemlani David and Francisco Perlas Dumanig
16. Contested Identity: Transgendered People in Malaysia
Nadezhda Georgieva-Stankova
17. Language and Identity: Minority Language Policy, Turkish Soap Operas and Language in the Bulgarian Mediascape
Weizhun Mao
18. Tiny Neitzen Mocking Great Firewall: Research on the Discourse of Power and Politics of Representation in China, 2005-2010
Roberta Villalon
19. Framing Extreme Violence: Collective Memory-Making in Argentina
Margarita Astoyants
20. The Changing Dynamics of Political Discourse About Orphans in Soviet and Post-Soviet Periods

This collection of essays is engaging and accessible. It provides a clear analysis of inequalities and the politics of representation in a global context, drawing on a wide range of case studies.

Dr Jenny Harding
Media Information and Communications, London Metropolitan Uni (City Campus)
January 8, 2013

Social inequality and the politics of representation spans a significant range of specific cases relevant to race, class, gender and sexuality on an international level. The range of topics covered supports students to examine the connections in a global context and to interpret the implications of racial, gender and sexual identity in practical terms.

Ms Helen Maher
Department of Social Studies, Carlow College
December 21, 2012

This is a good book for exploring how representation is often not what it seems.

Dr Christine Corcoran
Faculty of Social Science, The Open University
November 22, 2012

The book is good, but it's not quite what I'm looking for. It's laid out for class, race, and gender (sexuality), but I'm looking for a book that highlights class, party, and power ala Weber's typology.

Mr Richard Ellefritz
Sociology Dept, Oklahoma State University
October 18, 2012

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