Although the idea of class is again becoming politically and culturally charged, the relationship between media and class remains understudied. This diverse collection draws together prominent and emerging media scholars to offer readers a much-needed orientation within the wider categories of media, class, and politics in Britain, America, and beyond. Case studies address media representations and media participation in a variety of platforms, with attention to contemporary culture: from celetoids to selfies, Downton Abbey to Duck Dynasty, and royals to reality TV. These scholarly but accessible accounts draw on both theory and empirical research to demonstrate how different media navigate and negotiate, caricature and essentialize, or contain and regulate class.

chapter 1|18 pages

Introduction: studying media and class

ByJune Deery, Andrea Press

part I|64 pages

Class Representation as Entertainment

part II|31 pages

Documenting Class

chapter 6|13 pages

Performing class and taste through the documentary lens

ByJohn Corner

part III|45 pages

Media Leisure/Labor

chapter 8|14 pages

The working class, ordinary celebrity, and “illegitimate” cultural work

ByHelen Wood, Jilly Boyce Kay, Mark Banks

part IV|53 pages

Digital Cultures