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Body Image & Media: Getting Started

a resource guide exploring the relationship of body image and media

Welcome to the Body Image & Media Libguide


This research guide pulls together a variety of resources you may want to use if you are conducting research for Body Image & Media

Want to know where to start your research? Click on the above tabs to find lists of books, journal titles and recommended databases, electronic sources and recommended reliable websites.

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Good luck in your research.

Overview of Body Image & Media

Body image is defined by health professional Carla Rice as "an individual's experience of his/her body. It is the mental picture a person has of his/her body as well as the individual's associated thoughts, feelings, judgments, sensations, awareness and behavior." Thus, body image is not just how one looks, but how one feels and acts in response to his or her perceived appearance. Body image changes over time. As Rice states, "Body image is not a static concept. It is developed through interactions with people and the social world, changing across life spans in response to changing feedback from the environment."



"Body Image." Current Issues: Macmillan Social Science Library. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 5 Nov. 2012.


The term mass media refers to the entire body of mass communications, including newspapers, magazines, books, television, radio, movies, and the Internet. The media bring news, popular entertainment, and advertising to vast numbers of people, especially in developed nations. By the end of the 2009, the Internet alone was bringing information to more than 1.7 billion users worldwide, up from 360 million in 2000. Many sociologists have examined the relationship between the media and their audiences. Do media actively shape public opinions and values, or are they simply mirrors that reflect the views and values of the society around them? The truth seems to lie somewhere in between. The media both influence public opinion and are influenced by it.

"Mass Media." Current Issues: Macmillan Social Science Library. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 5 Nov. 2012.

Keyword(s) & Subject Heading(s) Suggestion

Suggested keywords and subject headings to use in your searches in the library catalog, electronic databses, and online resources.  You may also mix and match keywords and subject headings in your search expression (i.e. Media AND "body image in women.")


media AND "body image" body image
media AND "body image" AND Women body image--psychological aspects
media AND "body image" AND Men body image--social aspects
media AND culture AND "body image" body image--social aspects--United States
"body image" body image in motion pictures
"mass media" AND "body image" body image in performing arts
media AND identity body image in women
media AND beauty "mass media" AND "body image"
"mass media" AND "identity"



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