Portland State University. Department of English
Book Publishing, Multiculturalism in literature
In 2023, the book publishing industry faced a documented lack of social diversity (racial, ethnic and gender expressive). The outdoor recreation industry is also predominantly White and male, and there is a rising presence of Instagram influencers working to increase diverse representation in the outdoors. This paper used a literature review, digital ethnography, and field research to examine the gaps in the hypothetical experience of a White heterosexual cisgender male vs. that of any other demographic when browsing and buying books at outdoor retailers in Oregon. Field research showed that out of 300 authors represented on the shelves of outdoor stores, only 10 were not White males. With a descriptive research approach, the author used this information to explore scenarios, possible consequences, and further research topics.
© 2023 Nell Stamper
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Stamper, Nell, "Author Demographics of Outdoor Books: Exploring Diversity On The Shelves at Oregon Outdoor Retailers" (2023). Book Publishing Final Research Paper. 71.