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Sex, lies and politics; gay politicians in the press.


Sex, lies and politics; gay politicians in the press.

Smith, Donna.

Sussex Academic Press


239 pages




As elsewhere, newspapers in the UK have glommed onto scandals involving gay politicians, but someone who is openly gay tends to be characterized less negatively than one caught in such a scandal who denies being gay. Following discussion of the boundaries between private/public spheres (if any), and case studies of press coverage historically, Smith (politics and social sciences, Open U.) applies interconnected frames to recent representations of 'out' members of Parliament in UK newspapers: the move toward recognition for such marginalized groups, changing acceptability over time, and mediated personas in constructed reality. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

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Date:Dec 1, 2012
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