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Winter 2012
This timely book
by associate profes-
sor Stephen M. Croucher explores how
misperceptions between Muslims and
Christians in France and Britain perpet-
uate interpersonal and societal conflicts.
In its review of the book, Hampton
Press stressed the relevance of “Religious
Misperceptions” to contemporary con-
flicts like those currently occurring
around the world. Hampton observed
on the book’s website, “In the wake of
numerous historical and current geo-
political, social and economic events/
tragedies,
misunderstandings
have
emerged and proliferated about Islam
and Christianity.”
Croucher said, “Christians explain how
they perceive Islam is changing Europe,
and how this is something Christian
Europe should resist. Muslims on the
other hand, see Europe as an unwelcom-
ing home that expects them to change
and become European but does not un-
derstand or respect their faith or heritage.
This book offers analysis and solutions.”
MARK VAN DYKE
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
What’s new in print
Diversity in U.S. Media,
Catherine A. Luther, Carolyn
Ringer Lepre and Naeemah
Clark (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)
Religious Misperceptions: The
Case of Muslims and Christians
in France and Britain,
Stephen
M. Croucher and Daniel Cronn-
Mills (Hampton Press, 2011)
Associate professor
Carolyn Lepre’s recent-
ly published textbook focuses on provid-
ing a comprehensive analysis of how age,
gender, race and class are represented in
the media through television, film and
the press. Lepre said that the impact
of media and how attitudes have devel-
oped toward marginalized and minority
groups are tied in throughout the entire
book. The content, however, does not try
to condemn the media for how it has or
has not incorporated diversity. The book
looks at the issue from multiple perspec-
tives, Lepre said.
The book was created using copious ex-
ternal research, including scholarly jour-
nals, television shows to provide a broad
spectrum of representations of diversity
in the media. This was necessary in or-
der to incorporate different representa-
tions found across different communica-
tion mediums. The book also includes an
intensive chapter on theory, Lepre said,
which she is very proud of.
Lepre noted that “most textbooks out
there were anthologies that did not pro-
vide a comprehensive look at the entire
topic.”
Diversity in U.S. Mass Media
is an at-
tempt to rectify that situation. With the
inclusion of a teacher’s manual, a web-
site, discussion questions and a “Digging
Deeper” section for more in depth re-
search, the book is equipped for class-
room usage or as a research source.
Lepre said that she hopes teachers will
be able to use this book in classes and that
they will “use examples of stereotypes in
the media in order to spark discussion.”
The book was co-authored by Catherine
Luther, professor and associate dean for
academic programs at the University of
Tennessee, and Naeemah Clark, assis-
tant professor of communication at Elon
University.
Professors at Marist agree that this
book will be valuable in the classroom.
Shannon Roper, associate professor
of communication and instructor of the
Gender, Culture and Communication
course at Marist, said that this book has
definite potential to be used in classes.
She said that this book “is unique in that
it covers a wide array of issues. It is also
useful because the three authors bring in
multiple areas of expertise.”
Diversity in the media is an issue that is
constantly changing. Keith Strudler, chair
of the Department of Communication,
noted that with the increase in outlets
for publication and broadcasting, there
has been a rise in the variety of programs,
which appeals to a variety of audiences
and produces a more diverse range of
programming.
This is why, Strudler said, the book is
very timely and on topic.
Diversity in U.S. Mass Media
is one step
toward a better understanding of diver-
sity representation in the media among
the public. It attempts to raise awareness
and take a step toward sparking discus-
sion and understanding of the relation-
ship between diversity and the media in
the United States.
“I think the only way there will ever be
an actual change in representation of mi-
nority groups in media,” Lepre said, “is if
there is a change in awareness. Creating
awareness is hugely important.”
MICHELLE CARPENTER,
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