Review by Choice Review
Kendall (Baylor Univ.) demonstrates how the mass media's portrayal of social class in news and entertainment formats influences issues relating to the way people think about social stratification. The author uses very timely examples to demonstrate how contemporary media frames are often sympathetic to the upper classes and exploitive or even contemptuous of those lower in the class hierarchy. She concludes that the framing of social class ultimately leads to the preservation of the status quo and a bolstering of consumerism. Kendall accomplishes something significant with her book: although her previous work did not focus on media studies, she successfully accomplishes the daunting task of framing her book in reference to the proper issues and literature of that discipline. Her informed literature review touches upon all the appropriate references with respect to media research as well as the established sources on framing. Very well written and organized, the book uses language that is readily accessible to most undergraduates. It should find a lasting place within the critical media studies literature. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. P. P. Nieckarz Jr. Western Carolina University
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