Benign Inequality: Frames of Poverty and Social Class Inequality in Children’s Movies


Journal Article

© 2017 Taylor & Francis. Media targeted at adults tends to portray poverty and social class inequality as the result of individual merit and moral worth. Research, however, has not uncovered how poverty and social class inequality are portrayed in media targeted at children. Drawing on a content analysis of the highest grossing G-rated movies, this study examines the proportional representation of characters in each class as well as frames of class conditions, characters, and the opportunity structure. These frames suggest that children’s media legitimates poverty and social class inequality in a new way—by presenting them as benign.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Streib, J; Ayala, M; Wixted, C

Published Date

  • January 2, 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 19

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-7608

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1087-5549

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/10875549.2015.1112870

Citation Source

  • Scopus