Since writing a genealogy affords an author a position of some (albeit here, small) influence, I will take advantage of this platform to make a bold claim: production studies is a feminist methodology. At its core, it production studies often resists or complicates traditional power hierarchies, it has its origins in a nonbinary interdisciplinarity, and it has a capacity to highlight cultural inequities. Though there are production studies scholars who push back against, or simply ignore, the tradition of feminism within the study of cultures of media production, a genealogy of production studies reveals its deep affinities with feminist scholarship: a tradition of research by and about women, as well as...
Miranda Banks is an associate professor in the department of Visual and Media Arts and a faculty director at the Engagement Lab at Emerson College. Her primary area of research is the American film and television industries, with a specific focus on power dynamics in creative production. She is author of The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and Their Guild (Rutgers University Press, 2015), and coeditor of Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Media Industries (Routledge, 2009), and Production Studies, The Sequel! Cultural Studies of Global Media Industries (Routledge, 2015).
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Miranda Banks; Production Studies. Feminist Media Histories 1 April 2018; 4 (2): 157–161. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2018.4.2.157
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