Images that Injure: Pictorial Stereotypes in the Media

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Paul Martin Lester
Praeger, 1996 - Prejudices - 282 pages
This is a collection of essays related to the use of visual messages to harm and perpetuate misleading myths about members of various cultural groups. The volume begins with a general overview and includes ethnic, gender, age, physical disabilities, sexual orientation, and miscellaneous (from politicians to police officers) categories with contributions written by some of the leading experts in the field of mass communications. The strength and widespread distribution of the work comes from its generalist approach. This is the first published work that looks at media stereotypes of people from so many different categories. In concluding sections, educators offer their insights into the impact, societal costs, and solutions to visual stereotypical coverage. In addition, a photographic section presents positive examples of visual coverage of various groups.

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Stereotyping Prejudice and Discrimination
Media Methods that Lead to Stereotypes
Newspaper Stereotypes of African Americans

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PAUL MARTIN LESTER is Associate Professor of Communications at California State University, Fullerton.

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