Media and Power in International Contexts: Perspectives on Agency and Identity

ISBN: 978-1-78769-456-9, eISBN: 978-1-78769-455-2

ISSN: 2050-2060

Publication date: 12 November 2018


(2018), "Prelims", Williams, A.A., Tsuria, R., Robinson, L. and Khilnani, A. (Ed.) Media and Power in International Contexts: Perspectives on Agency and Identity (Studies in Media and Communications, Vol. 16), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. i-xv.



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Studies in Media and Communications

Series Editors: Shelia R. Cotten, Laura Robinson and Jeremy Schulz

Volumes 8–10:Laura Robinson and Shelia R. Cotten

Volume 11: Onwards: Laura Robinson, Shelia R. Cotten and Jeremy Schulz

Recent Volumes:

Volume 6 Human Rights and Media – Edited by Diana Papademas
Volume 7 School Shootings: Mediatized Violence in a Global Age – Edited by Glenn W. Muschert and Johanna Sumiala
Volume 8 Communication and Information Technologies Annual: Doing and Being Digital: Mediated Childhoods – Edited by Laura Robinson, Shelia R. Cotten and Jeremy Schulz
Volume 9 Communication and Information Technologies Annual: Politics, Participation, and Production – Edited by Laura Robinson, Shelia R. Cotten and Jeremy Schulz
Volume 10 Communication and Information Technologies Annual: Digital Distinctions and Inequalities – Edited by Laura Robinson, Shelia R. Cotten, Jeremy Schulz, Timothy M. Hale and Apryl Williams
Volume 11 Communication and Information Technologies Annual: [New] Media Cultures – Edited by Laura Robinson, Jeremy Schulz, Shelia R. Cotten, Timothy M. Hale, Apryl A. Williams and Joy L. Hightower
Volume 12 Communication and Information Technologies Annual: Digital Empowerment: Opportunities and Challenges of Inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean – Edited by Laura Robinson, Jeremy Schulz and Hopeton S. Dunn
Volume 13 Brazil: Media from the Country of the Future – ESMC volume editors: Laura Robinson, Jeremy Schulz, and Apryl Williams; guest volume editors: Pedro Aguiar, John Baldwin, Antonio C. La Pastina, Monica Martinez, Sonia Virgínia Moreira, Heloisa Pait and Joseph D. Straubhaar; volume guest associate and assistant editors: Sayonara Leal and Nicole Speciale
Volume 14 Social Movements and Media – Edited by Jennifer Earl and Deana A. Rohlinger
Volume 15 e-Health: Current Evidence, Promises, Perils and Future Directions – Edited by Timothy M. Hale, Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou and Shelia R. Cotten; Assistant Editor: Aneka Khilnani

Editorial Board

  • Rebecca G. Adams

    University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA

  • Ron Anderson

    University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, USA

  • Denise Anthony

    Dartmouth College, USA

  • Alejandro Artopoulos

    Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina

  • John R. Baldwin

    Illinois State University, USA

  • Jason Beech

    Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina

  • Grant Blank

    Oxford Internet Institute, UK

  • Geoffrey Bowker

    Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, USA

  • Casey Brienza

    City University London, UK

  • Jonathan Bright

    Oxford Internet Institute, UK

  • Manuel Castells

    University of Southern California, USA

  • Mary Chayko

    Rutgers University, USA

  • Wenhong Chen

    University of Texas, Austin USA

  • Lynn Schofield Clark

    University of Denver, USA

  • Jenny L. Davis

    James Madison University, USA

  • Hopeton S. Dunn

    University of the West Indies in Jamaica, Jamaica

  • Jennifer Earl

    University of Arizona, USA

  • Hernan Galperin

    Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina

  • Joshua Gamson

    University of San Francisco, USA

  • Blanca Gordo

    University of California at Berkeley, USA

  • Tim Hale

    Partners Center for Connected Health and Harvard Medical School, USA

  • David Halle

    University of California, Los Angeles, USA

  • Caroline Haythornthwaite

    University of British Columbia, Canada

  • Anne Holohan

    Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

  • Heather Horst

    RMIT University, Australia

  • Gabe Ignatow

    University of North Texas, USA

  • Samantha Nogueira Joyce

    St. Mary’s College of California, USA

  • Vikki Katz

    Rutgers University, USA

  • Nalini Kotamraju

    IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Robert LaRose

    Michigan State University, USA

  • Sayonara Leal

    University of Brasilia, Brazil

  • Brian Loader

    University of York, UK

  • Monica Martinez

    Universidade de Sorocaba, Brazil

  • Noah McClain

    Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

  • Gustavo Mesch

    University of Haifa, Israel

  • Sonia Virgínia Moreira

    Universidade do Estado Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Gina Neff

    University of Washington, USA

  • Christena Nippert-Eng

    Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

  • Hiroshi Ono

    Texas A&M University, USA

  • Heloisa Pait

    Universidade Estadual Paulista

  • C. J. Pascoe

    University of Oregon, USA

  • Antonio C. La Pastina

    Texas A&M University, USA

  • Trevor Pinch

    Cornell University, USA

  • Anabel Quan-Haase

    University of Western Ontario, Canada

  • Kelly Quinn

    University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

  • Violaine Roussel

    University of Paris 8, France

  • Saskia Sassen

    Columbia University, USA

  • Sara Schoonmaker

    University of Redlands, USA

  • Markus Schulz

    The New School, USA

  • Mike Stern

    University of Chicago, USA

  • Joseph D. Straubhaar

    The University of Texas at Austin, USA

  • Simone Tosoni

    Catholic University of Milan, Italy

  • Zeynep Tufekci

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

  • Keith Warner

    Santa Clara University, USA

  • Barry Wellman

    NetLab, University of Toronto, Canada

  • Jim Witte

    George Mason University, USA

  • Julie B. Wiest

    West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA

  • Simeon Yates

    University of Liverpool, UK

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Studies in Media and Communications Volume 16

Media and Power in International Contexts: Perspectives on Agency and Identity


Apryl A. Williams

Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Susquehanna University, USA

Ruth Tsuria

Department of Communication, Journalism, and PR, Seton Hall University, USA

Laura Robinson

Department of Sociology, Santa Clara University, USA


Aneka Khilnani

Department of Physiology, Georgetown University, USA

United Kingdom – North America – Japan India – Malaysia – China

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Editor Biographies ix
Contributor Biographies xi
Acknowledgments xv
Media and Power in International Contexts: Perspectives on Agency and Identity
Apryl A. Williams, Ruth Tsuria, Laura Robinson and Aneka Khilnani
Section I Media, Power, and Agency
Chapter 1 Power and Representation: Activist Standing in Broadcast News, 1970–2012
Deana A. Rohlinger, Rebecca A. Redmond, Haley Gentile, Tara Stamm and Alexandra Olsen
Chapter 2 Learning from a “Teachable Moment”: The Henry Louis Gates Arrest as Media Spectacle and Theorizing Colorblind Racism
Jason A. Smith
Chapter 3 Economically Challenged but Academically Focused: The Low-income Chinese Immigrant Families’ Acculturation, Parental Involvement, and Parental Mediation
Melissa M. Yang
Chapter 4 The Globalization of Facebook: Facebook’s Penetration in Developed and Developing Countries
Naziat Choudhury
Section II Media, Power, and Identity
Chapter 5 Hybridizing National Identity: Reflections on the Media Consumption of Middle-class Catholic Women in Urban India
Marissa Joanna Doshi
Chapter 6 Reading a Complex Latina Stereotype: An Analysis of Modern Family’s Gloria Pritchett, Intersectionality, and Audiences
Adolfo R. Mora
Chapter 7 Manifestations and Contestations of Hegemony in Video Gaming by Immigrant Youth in Norway
Carol Azungi Dralega and Hilde G. Corneliussen
Index 171

Editor Biographies


Apryl A. Williams earned her PhD from the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. She is an Assistant Professor at Susquehanna University, as well as a Research Associate at the Center on Conflict and Development and a member of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Higher Education Solutions Network. She has made a variety of contributions to the sociologies of race, gender, and culture as well as to the field of media studies. Williams’ studies, based on her intersectional approach to race, media, and technology, have been published in the International Journal of Communication, Information, Communication & Society, and Social Sciences. She has also conducted ethnographic research on digital inequality and mobile phone use in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has overseen the production of several edited volumes dealing with international representations of race in media, comparative media landscapes, and critical theorizations of Internet culture. Her additional research interests include postmodernism, critical theory, and studies of the body.

Ruth Tsuria is an Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University College of Communication and the Arts and has earned her PhD from Texas A&M University Department of Communication. Her research, which investigates the intersection of digital media, religion, and feminism, has been published in various academic outlets, such as The Communication Review, Journal of Media and Religion, and Social Media + Society. Awarded Emerging Scholar in Religion in Society, her work has been supported by various bodies, including Women and Gender Studies Program at Texas A&M University. She is currently working on her first book Holy Women, Pious Sex, Sanctified Internet: Exploring Jewish Online Discourse on Gender and Sexuality.

Laura Robinson is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Santa Clara University. She earned her PhD from UCLA, where she held a Mellon Fellowship in Latin American Studies and received a Bourse d’Accueil at the École Normale Supérieure. In addition to holding a postdoctoral fellowship on a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation funded project at the USC Annenberg Center, Robinson has served as Affiliated Faculty at the ISSI at UC Berkeley, Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University, and Visiting Scholar at Trinity College Dublin. She is Series Co-Editor for Emerald Studies in Media and Communications and a past chair for the ASA Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section. Her track record includes thirty five publications including six edited books and seventeen peer-reviewed articles in top-tier journals including Sociological Methodology, Information, Communication and Society, New Media & Society, and Sociology. Several of her publications have earned awards from CITASA, AOIR, and NCA IICD.

Associate Editor

Aneka Khilnani is a graduate student at Georgetown University. She is Assistant Editor of the book series Emerald Studies in Media and Communications and has worked on the editorial team for volumes including e-Health: Current Evidence, Promises, Perils, and Future Directions. Before attending Georgetown, she graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Public Health Science (Summa Cum Laude). Her past research was supported by a $30,000 grant from the Health Trust Initiative to support dietary change among low-income women in the San Jose Guadalupe area. She is currently working on a co-authored book manuscript on digital research methods.

Contributor Biographies

Naziat Choudhury is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. She received her Masters from University of Calgary, Canada and PhD from Monash University, Australia. Her research interests include intercultural communication as well as the social and cultural aspect of social media and internet use. She is currently working on social media in the context of China.

Hilde G. Corneliussen is a Senior Researcher at Vestlandsforsking/Wester Norway Research Institute. She has a MA in History and a Doctoral degree (2003) in Humanistic Informatics from University of Bergen, where she was an Associate Professor from 2003 to 2016. Corneliussen’s main research interest is in gender, identity, and technology, including topics like computing history, computing education, and computer games and with focus on mechanisms of exclusion and strategies for inclusion of women and minorities. Her publications include the edited anthology Digital Culture, Play, and Identity: A World of Warcraft Reader (MIT Press, 2008) with co-editor Jill W. Rettberg and the monograph Gender-Technology Relations: Exploring Stability and Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), and more recently articles on games, social media, and programming for children.

Marissa Joanna Doshi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Hope College. Her research draws on feminist perspectives to examine the creative and cultural dimensions of media and technology practices. She is also interested in intercultural communication and issues of representation in mass media. Her work has been published in journals such as Journal of Communication Inquiry, Communication Research, and Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.

Carol Azungi Dralega is an Associate Professor in Media Studies at NLA University College and Senior Researcher at Western Norway Research Institute. She received her MPhil and PhD from the Media Studies Department, University of Oslo, Norway. Her research interests include media, information and communication technologies, marginalization and social change, changes and continuities in relation to gendered careers within and outside academia in the context of technology driven economies – such as Norway. She is currently working on gaming, gender, intersectionality, and technology in the context of Norway.

Haley Gentile works with FSU’s Victim Advocate Program as an on-call Advocate who serves students who have survived power-based personal violence. In 2015, she completed her Masters of Science in Sociology at Florida State University, where her research interests included social movements, political sociology, and inequality. She has co-authored articles in Symbolic Interaction and Sociological Perspectives, a co-authored book chapter in Letting Go: Feminist and Social Justice Insight and Activism (Vanderbilt University Press, 2015), and a solo-authored chapter in the forthcoming second volume of Embodied Resistance.

Adolfo Mora (PhD, The University of Texas at Austin, 2017) is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Schreiner University. His main research interests lie in the mediated representations of ethnicity/race, gender, and social class from an audience perspective. He also studies information and communication technologies by understanding the digital divide and digital inclusion efforts. His scholarship has been published in the Communication Review, Howard Journal of Communication, and open-access venues like the Journal of Media Critiques.

Alexandra Olsen is a graduate student working on her PhD in Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, where she also received her master’s degree in 2017. Her master’s research examined social problem, social control, and social institutional explanations for the differing diffusion patterns of reforms to state-level drug laws. Her more recent scholarship examines racial and socioeconomic inequality in access to drug treatment and harm reduction interventions. She makes considerable efforts to connect her research to policy discussions and to help develop new policy ideas; currently she is holding focus groups to understand how communities of color in Los Angeles have been affected by both drug use and recent local policy changes that move toward a health-centered (rather than criminal justice centered) approach to addressing problematic drug use. She also collaborates on projects looking at the relationship between children’s health outcomes and Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Rebecca A. Redmond received her PhD in Sociology from Florida State University in 2016, where she taught courses and conducted research on the role of gender in work–family balance and well-being over the life course. She joined the Duke University School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion as an Analyst in 2017, where she leads efforts to research and evaluate progress toward the school’s inclusion initiatives. Along with her work in institutional research, she collaborates on projects exploring gender and race/ethnicity equity in the professions, with a focus on hiring, productivity, work/life balance, and advancement.

Deana A. Rohlinger is a Professor of Sociology at Florida State University. She studies mass media, political participation, and politics in America. She is the author of Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America (Cambridge University Press, 2015) as well as dozens of book chapters and research articles on social movements and mass media. Her new book, New Media and Society, will be published in 2018 by New York University Press.

Jason A. Smith is a Doctoral Candidate in Public Sociology at George Mason University whose research centers on the areas of race and media. His dissertation examines the federal communications commission and policy decisions regarding diversity for communities of color and women in the media landscape. Along with Bhoomi K. Thakore, he is a co-editor of Race and Contention in Twenty-first Century U.S. Media (Routledge, 2016). Previous research has appeared in the Journal of Black Studies, the International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics, Sociation Today, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. He is on twitter occasionally (@jasonsm55).

Tara Stamm is a Teaching Faculty in Sociology and Graduate Program Director at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She holds a PhD in Sociology from Florida State University, an MA in Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics, and a BA in English Literature. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the first of its kind master’s degree in Digital Sociology at VCU. Broadly, her research and teaching spotlights the experiences and depictions of young mothers, the importance of emerging mixed-methodological techniques, and intersections of gender, education, and media in popular culture.

Melissa M. Yang, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Endicott College’s School of Communication. She is interested in research and theories on how children and families navigate and negotiate within the context of screen technologies. Her on-going research on parental mediation tries to understand how parent–child interaction shapes children’s media experiences and family dynamics. She is a true believer in community-engaged research by regularly partnering and volunteering with non-profit organizations around the Greater Boston area. She has spoken to parents and community groups about the importance of media and digital literacy. Her research has appeared in the Human Communication Research, the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and the Encyclopedia of Media Violence. Melissa received her PhD in Communication from the Ohio State University.


All of the Emerald Studies in Media and Communications (ESMC) editorial staff extend our appreciation to the many individuals who have contributed to this volume. We would like to call attention to the often unseen work of the many individuals whose support has been indispensable in publishing all volumes in the series and this volume in particular. Regarding the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Section in the American Sociological Association, we thank the Council for the section’s sponsorship of the series. We also thank Casey Brienza for inviting ESMC to organize the closing plenary of the 2017 Media Sociology Preconference in Montréal where panelists Wenhong Chen (UT Austin), Jeffrey Lane (Rutgers), Anabel Quan-Haase (University of Western Ontario), and Casey Brienza (Conference Founder and Organizer) shared insightful commentary. Our thanks also go to our Editorial Board members for their service disseminating our outreach and publicity. In particular, at Emerald Publishing, we deeply appreciate Jennifer McCall’s support of the series and the Emerald editorial staff’s contributions in bringing the volumes to press. Finally, we recognize Ruth Tsuria who shared her invaluable expertise and Associate Editor Aneka Khilnani for her excellent work.