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ERIC Number: EJ696156
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0037-8046
Through the Eyes of Hollywood: Images of Social Workers in Film
Freeman, Miriam L.; Valentine, Deborah P.
Social Work, v49 n2 p151 Apr 2004
This article reports on research that investigated the images of social workers as portrayed in movies as a major medium of popular culture. Findings from an analysis of 44 movies spanning the period from 1938 to 1998 are presented with particular attention to the themes of gender, race, and class. Using the concept of motivated representations in popular culture, we suggest that these popular constructions of social workers are perhaps motivated by efforts to maintain the status quo of the dominant society, rather than to promote social change and social justice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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