Media Representations and Cultural Studies: Approaching Current Ideas on Power, Violence and Justice

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 15:30-17:20
RC14 Sociology of Communication, Knowledge and Culture (host committee)

Language: English

Social representations play a crucial role in the understanding of everyday life and in social stratification. The notions of inclusion and exclusion, of violence and peace, of justice and injustice, of knowledge and culture are determined and valorized by the representations that are dominant in every society; consequently, media and cultural industries, adapt their discourse to social norms.

The discipline of Cultural Studies aims to enlighten the process of reception and of interpretation of media and cultural contents by the public. Stuart Hall, the founder of Cultural Studies, pointed out that the different kinds of public, decode media messages in a different way (according to their ideologies and standards). David Morley (and others) added more factors influencing the decoding (such as gender, age, social level, cultural background etc.). In this sense, we consider that media representations analysis (media messages and media messages-decoding by the different kinds of public worldwide), are an ideal field of analysis to the understanding of current ideas on power, violence and justice. For this session we invite papers on media representations and/or on cultural studies dealing with themes of power, violence and justice (including fictional and/or journalistic material).

Session Organizer:
Laurence LAROCHELLE, University Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III, France
Christiana CONSTANTOPOULOU, Panteion University, Greece
Oral Presentations
The Whitening of Ethnic Women in U.S. Popular Media
Bhoomi THAKORE, Elmhurst College, USA
Representing Violence: Three Decades of News Coverage of Intimate Partner Homicide in Toronto, Canada
Jordan FAIRBAIRN, King's University College at Western University, Canada
Violence and Justice in Popular Culture: The Case of Turkish Television Series in Greece.
Laurence LAROCHELLE, University Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III, France
The Representation of the "Brazilian Woman" (1966-1985)
Cléa LEITE, Departamento de Sociologia - PPGSOL/UnB, Brazil
(Mis)Representation of Black Women in the Media
Toju BOYO, University of Toronto - Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Canada