Cinematic Sociology: Social Life in Film

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Jean-Anne Sutherland, Kathryn Feltey
Pine Forge Press, 2010 - Social Science - 284 pages
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The only text of its kind to explore central topics in sociology through feature films

This one-of-a-kind text takes readers beyond watching movies; it helps them see films sociologically and develops critical thinking and analytical skills that will be useful in college coursework and beyond. Cinematic Sociology's 15 essays from expert scholars in sociology and cultural studies explore the ways social life is presented-distorted, magnified, or politicized- in popular film. Exploring a variety of captivating classic and current films such as Forty Year Old Virgin, The Devil Wears Prada, North Country, and My Fair Lady, this unique book helps students to view films sociologically while also providing much needed pedagogy for teaching sociology through film.


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Jean-anne Sutherland is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. For several years her primary research and teaching interests have centered on teaching sociology through film. Other areas of research include gender, mothering, and social psychology.

Kathryn Feltey is associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in sociology at the University of Akron. She has taught sociology through film several times and also taught masculinity in contemporary society and sociology of motherhood through the use of feature films. She is currently the Gender Section Editor of Sociology Compass.

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