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Framing class : media representations of wealth and poverty in America

Author: Diana Elizabeth Kendall
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, ©2005.
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"Why do most people think of themselves as middle class? Why do we view people in other social classes the way that we do? Why do many of us spend more than we can afford buying luxury items that we do not need? Framing Class provides answers to these questions. Through extensive content analysis of sources that include the archives of major newspapers and fifty years of television programming, Kendall illustrates  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Diana Elizabeth Kendall
ISBN: 0742541673 9780742541672 0742541681 9780742541689
OCLC Number: 58386317
Description: v, 277 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Class action in the media --
Twenty-four-karat gold frames: lifestyles of the rich and famous --
Gilded cages: media stories of how the mighty have fallen --
Fragile frames: the poor and homeless --
Tarnished metal frames: the working class and the working poor --
Splintered wooden frames: the middle class --
Framing class, vicarious living, and conspicuous consumption.
Responsibility: Diana Kendall.

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"Why do most people think of themselves as middle class? Why do we view people in other social classes the way that we do? Why do many of us spend more than we can afford buying luxury items that we do not need? Framing Class provides answers to these questions. Through extensive content analysis of sources that include the archives of major newspapers and fifty years of television programming, Kendall illustrates how the media use framing to provide a shorthand code for the presumed values and lifestyles of the upper, middle, working, and poverty classes, thereby influencing our opinions of these classes. By doing so, she provides readers with the opportunity to assess for themselves what effect these frames may have on media audiences." "Framing Class is the first book to use the sociological imagination in analyzing how popular culture frames social class in the United States and the effect that framing has on our opinions on this vital topic. This book shows how the media frame class to favorably portray the lifestyles of the upper classes while negatively stereotyping the working class and poor, perhaps contributing to the ever-widening chasm between the haves and the have-nots in the United States."--Jacket.

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