Men in the Media: The Manufacture of Contempt
(12,000 words) – by Jim Macnamara AUD$20*

This paper presents a detailed summary of the main findings of PhD research by Dr Jim Macnamara reported in his 2006 book, Media and Male Identity: The Making and Remaking of Men. This analysis of over 2,000 media articles and program segments shows that men and male identity are portrayed in overwhelmingly negative ways and warns of potential negative effects on men’s sense of self-identity and particularly on young boys growing up. This substantial extract includes all charts and tables reporting research data.

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