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Media and Middle Class Moms

Images and Realities of Work and Family

By Lara J. Descartes, Conrad Kottak

Routledge – 2009 – 12 pages

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Description

Written by nationally recognized anthropologists Conrad Kottak and Lara Descartes, this ethnography of largely white, middle class families in a town in the midwest explores the role that the media play in influencing how those families cope with everyday work/family issues. The book insightfully reports that families struggle with, and make work/family decisions based largely on the images and ideas they receive from media sources, though they strongly deny being so influenced. An ideal book for teaching undergraduate family, media, and methods courses.

Reviews

Choice Recommended, February 2010

Contents

1. Media-ting Work and Family 2. Studying a Midwestern Town 3. Changing Images of Family and Work in the Media 4. HGTV and Sports Illustrated 5. Work-Family Choices 6. Everybody Had a Role and They All Were a Family 7. Isolation, Boundaries, and Connection: Six Case Studies 8. Comparison, Connection, and Common Ground

Author Bio

Lara Descartes is Associate Professor of Family Studies at Brescia University College. She earned her doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include work and family, popular culture, and how identity factors (race, class, gender, geographic locale, etc.) impact family life.

Conrad P. Kottak is the Julian H. Steward Collegiate Professor (and former Chair) of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He has done ethnographic field work on work/family issues in Brazil, Madagascar, and the United States. His research interests also encompass global change, national and international culture, and mass media.

Name: Media and Middle Class Moms: Images and Realities of Work and Family (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Lara J. Descartes, Conrad Kottak. Written by nationally recognized anthropologists Conrad Kottak and Lara Descartes, this ethnography of largely white, middle class families in a town in the midwest explores the role that the media play in influencing how those families cope with...
Categories: Gender Studies, Research Methods - Soc. Policy, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Media, Ethnography & Methodology, Kinship & Community, Social & Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Feminist Geography, Gender Studies - Soc Sci, Cultural Studies, Media & Film Studies, American Studies