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Representation

The way a media product portrays a particular group, place or individual.

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Ideology

A set of ideas or beliefs

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Dominant ideology

A set of ideas that dominate within society.

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Stereotype

An oversimplified or exaggerated representation of a group of people.

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Countertype

A positive stereotype, usually created through reversing negative features within a stereotype

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Beauty ideal

A socially constructed definition of physical beauty, often resulting in audiences feeling a pressure to conform to the narrow standards of beauty suggested.

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Objectification

A representation that depicts someone as an object of sexual gratification.

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Subversive representation

A representation that deliberately seeks to deconstruct previous ideas

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Star power

Depictions that use celebrity status, often producing idealistic representations for an audience.

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Cultural hybridisation

A term used to describe the representations created by the fusion of two different cultures.

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Realism

The attempt to represent the real world in a natural way.

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Otherness

A term used to describe how media products privilege specific groups in society, whilst portraying anyone who doesn’t fit into that group as ‘other’.

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Racial binary

A term used by Paul Gilroy to describe the way that some media products categorise all ethnicities into two groups - blacks and whites.

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Colonial discourse

A set of ideas that privilege a white viewpoint, hence suggesting that the white perspective is superior to that of non-whites.

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Media plurality

A media landscape in which lots of different types of media institutions operate.
This allows audiences to have lost of choice when it comes to products, institutions and producers.

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Absent representation

The absence of key social groups within media products.

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Hegemony

The set of ideas, value and ideals that are dominant in society.

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Feminised masculinity

A representation of masculinity moves away from traditional stereotypes.

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Gender trouble

A media product that subverts heteronormativity, offering alternative representations of masculinity and femininity to traditional stereotypes.

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Heteronormativity

The belief that heterosexuality is the norm

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Socially constructed gender

Our gender based identities aren’t derived (obtained) from our biology/ sex but from social learning.

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Gender binary

The presentation of gender as either masculine or feminine, male or female.

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Gender as a performance

(Judith Butler) our gender identities aren’t who we are, but what we do. Our gender identities are therefore a performance rather than fact.

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Fixed identities

(Gauntlett) the process of fixing an individuals identity through the application of rigid social rules.

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Fluid identities

(Gauntlett) process of identity construction where individuals use a range of role models and social influences to continuously craft their thoughts, beliefs and attitudes.

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Post-traditional society

A term used to describe a society that has gone beyond traditional expectations regarding gender roles.