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Feminist Media Pedagogy

Leda Cooks


Feminist media pedagogy is a critical teaching practice and body of scholarship concerned with the lives and relationships of both women and men as mediated through cultural forms and institutions. Primarily, feminist media pedagogy focuses on the processes of teaching and learning about the politics of teaching and learning, especially as they are related to media production, content, reception, and consumption. This critical teaching practice emerged from feminists’ concern both with the portrayals of women in media (→  Women in the Media, Images of ) as well as with the uncomplicated critiques of power in critical and radical pedagogy. Feminist media pedagogy is an interdisciplinary body of scholarship, with contributions coming from the fields of film studies, communication, education, English, women's studies, among others. Its theoretical foundations are equally eclectic, with contributions from →  cultural studies , neo-Marxist, poststructuralist, postcolonial and psychoanalytic feminist theory, as well as well-known educational theorists and philosophers such as John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Paulo Freire, Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, Henry Giroux, Gayatri Spivak, bell hooks, and many others. Feminist educators from around the world, working in a variety of contexts, from international grassroots and NGO efforts at media literacy with adult populations to undergraduate ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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