Karen Ross - Author

About the Author

Karen Ross is a former journalist, broadcaster and advertising copywriter. Her first book, a comedy memoir of her career as a professional spread better and written under a pseudonym, was a surprise bestseller.

Featured books by Karen Ross

Mother of the Year

Mother of the Year

Author: Karen Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Most daughters believe their mums deserve an award. JJ Jackson's mother has a whole shelf full...Beth Jackson is a national treasure. Famous since the age of 15, she's has gone from hitting the headlines as a teenage mum to being celebrated for her television shows, her parenting column and winning the Mother of the Year Award three times in a row. Only her daughter JJ just wishes Beth could sometimes be more like a normal mum. And now, with her job under threat and her love-life under pressure, JJ needs her mum more than ever...A story of love, family and transformation, Mother of the Year is the perfect gift for Mother's Day.

Other books by Karen Ross

Mapping the Margins Identity Politics and the Media

Mapping the Margins Identity Politics and the Media

Author: Karen Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/08/2018

The contributions to this volume offer a series of engagements with both the workings of particular media and the new inflections of politicized identities - ethnicity, gender, nationality, and disability - in which media are irrevocably implicated. The chapters provide new insights into old issues of identity and image, both by their choice of subject focus and by their tools and methods of exploration and analysis. All the contributors break new ground in their particular domains by their emphasis on aspects of media and identity that have not been fully explored elsewhere.

Youth Encounter Programs in Israel Pedagogy, Identity, and Social Change

Youth Encounter Programs in Israel Pedagogy, Identity, and Social Change

Author: Karen Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/09/2017

As the level of distrust and alienation between Jews and Palestinians has risen over the past fif een years, the support for grassroots organizations' attempts to bring these two groups closer has stagnated. Jewish-Palestinian youth encounter programs that flourished in the wake of the Oslo Accords now struggleto find support, as their potential to create positive social change in Israeli society is still unknown.In Youth Encounter Programs in Israel, Ross attempts to assess that potential by considering the relationship between participation in Jewish-Palestinian encounters and the long-term worldview and commitment to social change of their participants. Taking a comparative approach, Ross examines the structure and pedagogical approaches of two organizations in Israel, Peace Child Israel and Sadaka Reut. In doing so, Ross explores how these different organizations shape participants' national identity, beliefs about social change, and motivation to continue engaging in peace-building activities. Based on more than one hundred interviews with program staff and former participants as well as more than two hundred hours of program observation, Ross's work fills an important gap in the literature and holds significant relevance for peace education and conflict esolution practitioners.

Youth Encounter Programs in Israel Pedagogy, Identity, and Social Change

Youth Encounter Programs in Israel Pedagogy, Identity, and Social Change

Author: Karen Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2017

As the level of distrust and alienation between Jews and Palestinians has risen over the past fif een years, the support for grassroots organizations' attempts to bring these two groups closer has stagnated. Jewish-Palestinian youth encounter programs that flourished in the wake of the Oslo Accords now struggleto find support, as their potential to create positive social change in Israeli society is still unknown.In Youth Encounter Programs in Israel, Ross attempts to assess that potential by considering the relationship between participation in Jewish-Palestinian encounters and the long-term worldview and commitment to social change of their participants. Taking a comparative approach, Ross examines the structure and pedagogical approaches of two organizations in Israel, Peace Child Israel and Sadaka Reut. In doing so, Ross explores how these different organizations shape participants' national identity, beliefs about social change, and motivation to continue engaging in peace-building activities. Based on more than one hundred interviews with program staff and former participants as well as more than two hundred hours of program observation, Ross's work fills an important gap in the literature and holds significant relevance for peace education and conflict esolution practitioners.

Black Marks: Minority Ethnic Audiences and Media Minority Ethnic Audiences and Media

Black Marks: Minority Ethnic Audiences and Media Minority Ethnic Audiences and Media

Author: Karen Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/06/2017

This title was first published in 2001. This text brings together a collection of empirical studies focusing on the relationships which minority ethnic audiences have with and to media texts, both mainstream and minority. The media which comprise the focus for the essays include television, film, advertising, magazines and the press. The field of media studies has moved beyond the model of media consumer as passive recipient towards individuals and groups who are altogether more engaged, responsive and critical. But studies of the interactive media consumer often fail to consider the specific characteristics of race and ethnicity which come into play for minority ethnic audiences, and this book aims to add to the limited knowledge of the ways in which ethnic markers intervene in textual understanding and contestation.

Gender, Politics, News A Game of Three Sides

Gender, Politics, News A Game of Three Sides

Author: Karen Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/01/2017

Gender, Politics, News: A Game of Three Sides explores the role of gender in the broader processes of political communication The only contemporary book focusing on the relationships between gender, politics, and news media which takes a global perspective An analysis of political journalism as a practice and the development of the field in terms of gendered workplace cultures Offers a solid framework for understanding women s political representation, including real world case studies of women s campaigns for the top political job across a range of different geographies and contexts Coverage of hot-button issues, such as political scandal and the role of new and social media in politics and elections, makes this a highly relevant and current work with resonances for a wide audience

Gender, Politics, News A Game of Three Sides

Gender, Politics, News A Game of Three Sides

Author: Karen Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/01/2017

Gender, Politics, News: A Game of Three Sides explores the role of gender in the broader processes of political communication The only contemporary book focusing on the relationships between gender, politics, and news media which takes a global perspective An analysis of political journalism as a practice and the development of the field in terms of gendered workplace cultures Offers a solid framework for understanding women s political representation, including real world case studies of women s campaigns for the top political job across a range of different geographies and contexts Coverage of hot-button issues, such as political scandal and the role of new and social media in politics and elections, makes this a highly relevant and current work with resonances for a wide audience

Mother of the Year

Mother of the Year

Author: Karen Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Most daughters believe their mums deserve an award. JJ Jackson's mother has a whole shelf full...Beth Jackson is a national treasure. Famous since the age of 15, she's has gone from hitting the headlines as a teenage mum to being celebrated for her television shows, her parenting column and winning the Mother of the Year Award three times in a row. Only her daughter JJ just wishes Beth could sometimes be more like a normal mum. And now, with her job under threat and her love-life under pressure, JJ needs her mum more than ever...A story of love, family and transformation, Mother of the Year is the perfect gift for Mother's Day.

The Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Media

The Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Media

Author: Karen Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/11/2013

The Handbook of Gender, Sex and Media offers original insights into the complex set of relations which exist between gender, sex, sexualities and the media, and in doing so, showcases new research at the forefront of media and communication practice and theory. Brings together a collection of new, cutting-edge research exploring a number of different facets of the broad relationship between gender and media Moves beyond associating gender with man/woman and instead considers the relationship between the construction of gender norms, biological sex and the mediation of sex and sexuality Offers genuinely new insights into the complicated and complex set of relations which exist between gender, sex, sexualities and the media Essay topics range from the continuing sexism of TV advertising to ways in which the internet is facilitating the (re)invention of our sexual selves.

Gendered Media Women, Men, and Identity Politics

Gendered Media Women, Men, and Identity Politics

Author: Karen Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/02/2013

Gendered Media addresses the broad topic of gender and media, where gender is not simply a shorthand for woman but also embraces masculinitiy/ies, queer, lesbian and gay identities. Karen Ross provides the necessary historical context against which to read recent sex- and gender-based media phenomena such as Big Brother, Terminator, girls' use of mobile phones, women news editors, the Wonderbra generation, the Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin phenomena, and so on. The book is an overview of the various aspects of gender and media in one volume. The book provides introductory overviews to the various themes around women, men, sexuality and the ways in which these attributes are cross-cut by other demographics such as age, ethnicity and disability. In this way, the book genuinely tries to provide a broad introduction to the ways in which gender, in all its facets, engages with media, in one accessible volume.

The Handbook of Gender, Sex and Media

The Handbook of Gender, Sex and Media

Author: Karen Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2011

The Handbook of Gender, Sex and Media offers original insights into the complex set of relations which exist between gender, sex, sexualities and the media, and in doing so, showcases new research at the forefront of media and communication practice and theory. * Brings together a collection of new, cutting-edge research exploring a number of different facets of the broad relationship between gender and media * Moves beyond associating gender with man/woman and instead considers the relationship between the construction of gender norms, biological sex and the mediation of sex and sexuality * Offers genuinely new insights into the complicated and complex set of relations which exist between gender, sex, sexualities and the media * Essay topics range from the continuing sexism of TV advertising to ways in which the internet is facilitating the (re)invention of our sexual selves.

Gendered Media Women, Men, and Identity Politics

Gendered Media Women, Men, and Identity Politics

Author: Karen Ross Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/12/2009

Gendered Media addresses the broad topic of gender and media, where gender is not simply a shorthand for woman but also embraces masculinitiy/ies, queer, lesbian and gay identities. Karen Ross provides the necessary historical context against which to read recent sex- and gender-based media phenomena such as Big Brother, Terminator, girls' use of mobile phones, women news editors, the Wonderbra generation, the Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin phenomena, and so on. The book is an overview of the various aspects of gender and media in one volume. The book provides introductory overviews to the various themes around women, men, sexuality and the ways in which these attributes are cross-cut by other demographics such as age, ethnicity and disability. In this way, the book genuinely tries to provide a broad introduction to the ways in which gender, in all its facets, engages with media, in one accessible volume.

Women and Media International Perspectives

Women and Media International Perspectives

Author: Karen Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2004

Comprised of original research in diverse genres and medias, Women and Media: International Perspectives brings together eight international scholars to explore key issues of the gender-media relation. This work: provides important insights into how gender is implicated in media industries; address key issues of the gender-media relation, from an analysis of news media's coverage of women politicians, to the marketing of 'girl power', to strategizing for equality in newsrooms; highlights the theme that media have the potential both to reinforce the status quo in power arrangements in society but also to contribute to new, more egalitarian ones; and, includes an introduction by the editors that carefully maps the contours of the international struggle between feminists and the media, section overviews, bibliographies, key terms, and discussion questions.

Around Doune and Deanston

Around Doune and Deanston

Author: Karen Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/2002

This book is part of the Images ofScotland series, which uses old photographs and archived images toshow the history ofvarious local areas in Scotland, through their streets, shops, pubs, and people.

Women, Politics, Media Uneasy Relationships at the New Millennium

Women, Politics, Media Uneasy Relationships at the New Millennium

Author: Karen Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/02/2002

Women's involvement in national politics is a relatively new phenomenon. This book is unique in the privileged and central position it gives to women parliamentarians' own testimonies and experiences in relation to their media relationships and strategies. The book explores the relationships which women politicians have with their local, regional, and national news media; examines the gap between what women politicians say they are doing when they implement a media strategy and what actually happens in terms of how they are portrayed and represented by journalists, and constructs an explanatory framework to interpret the changing relations between women politicians and the news media.

Black and White Media Black Images in Popular Film and Television

Black and White Media Black Images in Popular Film and Television

Author: Karen Ross Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/1995

This is a wide-ranging account of the complex relations between Black communities and popular media, analysing the ways in which Black communities have been portrayed in film and television and considering the contribution made by Black media professionals.

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