search : contact us : about us : site guide : home

  University of British Columbia Press
 Search Our Catalogue
  search by subject

 UBC Press
About UBC Press
Conferences & Events
Contact Us
Media Centre
Publishing With UBC Press
Publishers Represented
Staff Directory

Forthcoming Titles
How To Order
Recent Reviews
Review Copies

 Join Our Mailing List
Sign Up
Privacy Statement
Frequent Questions
Privacy Statement
Site Guide
Website Feedback

 Featured Title
Women, Violence, and the Media
Readings in Feminist Criminology
Drew Humphries  

$27.95 Paperback
Release Date: 4/15/2009
ISBN: 978-1-55553-703-6    

296 Pages

Distributed for University Press of New England


About the Book

Provocative collection of essays designed to give students an understanding of media representations of women’s experience of violence and to educate a new generation to recognize and critique media images of women

Through the lens of feminist criminology, this volume examines the complex interrelationship of women, violence, and media presentations. The book is divided into three sections. The first, Gendering Constructions, lays the groundwork for the volume by examining the print media’s presentation of gendered violence, female killers on Law and Order, African American women in Hollywood films, and women in media, crime, and violence textbooks. The second section, Debating the Issues, explores aspects of femicide, including mass murder incidents, domestic violence in Bangladesh, and wartime sexual violence in reality and on television. The final section Changing the Image, focuses on efforts to replace masculine assumptions with constructive approaches to imagining women.

Designed for course adoption, Women, Violence, and the Media emphasizes the key themes and critical skills required for media literacy, and the volume offers guidelines for readers on conducting their own research.

About the Author(s)

Drew Humphries is Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, Rutgers University Camden and the author of Crack Mothers: Pregnancy, Drugs, and the Media (Ohio State University Press 1999).

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Introduction: Toward a Framework for Integrating Women, Violence, and the Media
Gendered Constructions: Women and Violence
Words that Wound: Print Media's Presentation of Gendered Violence - Michelle L. Meloy and Susan L. Miller
Constructing Murderers: Female Killers of 'Law and Order' - Drew Humphries
Screening Stereotypes: African American Women in Hollywood Films - Frankie Y. Bailey
What about Women? The Representation of Women in Media, Crime, and Violence Textbooks - Zoann K. Snyder
Debating the Issues: Femicide and Sexual Terrorism
Does Gender Make a Difference? The Influence of Female Victimization on Media Coverage of Mass Murder Incidents - Janice E. Clifford, Carl J. Jensen III, and Thomas A. Petee
Rapist Freed, Victim Punished: Newspaper Accounts of Violence against Women in Bangladesh - Mahfuzul I. Khondaker and Melissa H. Barlow
Media Images of Sexual Violence: Ethnic Cleansing in Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia - Yaschica Williams and Janine Bower
The Haunting of Jane Tennison: Investigating Violence against Women in 'Prime Suspect' - Madelaine Adelman, Gray Cavender, and Nancy C. Jurik
Changing the Image: Feminist Critics and Criticism
Victims and Sources: Newspaper Reports of Mass Murder in Domestic Contexts - John W. Heeren and Jill Theresa Messing
Running Out of Oxygen: Is "Television for Women" Suffocating Women? - Emily Lenning and Darrin Kowitz
Making Sense of a Female Malady: Fear of Crime, Hysteria, and Women Watching 'Crimewatch UK' - Deborah Jermyn
Victim Blaming through High-Profile Crimes: An Analysis of Unintended Consequences - Lynn S. Chancer
Selected Readings


This book offers a much needed documentation of the variety of ways that women and violence are framed in a broad range of both fictional and non-fictional media accounts. Women are analyzed as both the victims and perpetrators of violence through a gendered, raced, classed and global lens.
--Joanne Belknap, Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder

Crime stories tend to function as the morality plays of our modern era. Because of this, media coverage, particularly corporate media coverage, of criminalized and victimized women play central roles in the construction of some women as virtuous and others as venal. And because crime has become a code word for race in America, it is crucial to document, as this important collection does, the critical role that the media has played in the demonization of women offenders, particularly African American women and Latinas as hyper violent and masculinized. Likewise, the media tends to construct the legitimate victim in extremely narrow ways that often means that women who have survived horrific violence find themselves and their behavior on trial rather than finding any advocacy and support in the criminal justice system.
--Meda Chesney-Lind, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Sample Chapter

A sample chapter of this title is not available at this time. For further information, please email

Related Topics

Film & Media Studies
Women's Studies

Other Ways To Order

In Canada, order your copy of Women, Violence, and the Media from UTP Distribution at:

UTP Distribution
5201 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3H 5T8

Phone orders: 1(800)565-9523 or (416)667-7791
Fax orders: 1(800)221-9985 or (416)667-7832

Ordering information for customers outside Canada

© 2001 UBC Press
2029 West Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z2
t. 604.822.5959 | f. 604.822.6083 | e.
Vancouver Web Design by Internet-Exposure