How do mainstream films, television, advertising, videogames and newspapers engage with key animal issues such as vivisection, hunting, animal performance, farming, meat eating and animal control? Claire Molloy argues that animal narratives and imagery are economically significant for popular media industries which, in turn, play an important role in shaping the limits and norms of public discourses on animals and animal issues. Through analysis of various popular examples Popular Media and Animals grapples with some of the industrial, social, cultural and ethical aspects of media discourses on animals. By examining how popular media forms constitute key sources of information, definitions and images, the author explores some of the myriad ways in which media discourses sustain a range of constructions of animals that are connected, appropriated or co-opted by other systems of production and so play a role in the normalisation of particular practices.
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- Stars: Animal Performers
- Wild: Authenticity and Getting Closer to Nature
- Experimental: The Visibility of Experimental Animals
- Farmed: Selling Animal Products
- Hunted: Recreational Killing
- Monsters: Horrors and Moral Panics
- Beginning at the End: Re-Imagining Human-Animal Relations
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Claire Molloy is Senior Lecturer in Media in the School of Arts and Media at University of Brighton, UK. She is the author of Memento, has published on various topics related to media and animals and is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.