Media scholars who study class lament the relative lack of attention it gets in both the academy and the culture at large, citing the diverse meanings of class (socioeconomic, cultural, behavioral, etc.) and, in relation, the fact that class is not marked on the body’s surface as consistently or visibly as gender or race. Nevertheless, media studies research on class exists, exploring class both “on-screen” (in media texts) and “off-screen” (in spaces of production and consumption, broadly conceived).

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