Representing Race: Racisms, Ethnicity and the Media
"Well-informed, thoughtful and transnational in its perspectives, Downing and Husband′s work is likely to become the key text in the field. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the politics of race and representation."
- Professor Daya K. Thussu, University of Westminster
The media play a diverse and significant role in the practical expression of racism and in the everyday politics of ethnicity. Written by two veterans of research on media and ′race′, this book offers a fresh comparative analyses of the issues and sets out the key agendas for future study. Representing Race - Racisms, Ethnicities and Media:
Drawing on years of research, this book provides both a major intervention in the debate, as well as a comprehensive introduction to the area. It will be required reading for anyone interested in race, representation and the media.
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Consequently, one of the ambitions of this chapter is to explicitly explore the historical bases and current manifestations of racism. If racism is a formally unacceptable means of defining and constituting collective identities, ...
... derives its power partially from the social psychological dynamics of social-categorization per se, but also from the powerful taken-for—granted legitimacy which race categories have acquired in their historical formulation.
The idea of 'race' has been extensively studied and any understanding of the contemporary meaning and usage of race requires an understanding of its historical emergence and development. Race categories and the meanings attached to them ...
... of thought that happens to be present in the collective discourse. As the quote above notes, racialization is a historically specific ideological process. Racial meanings have been evolved through specific historical circumstances ...
For example, in the British context the word 'immigrant' has a long history of having a racialized significance (Hartmann and Husband, 1974). And the variant, 'illegal immigrant', very strongly conveys a routinized sense of alien threat ...
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Achievements and Limitations
8 Communities of Practice and the Cultures of Media Production
9 The MultiEthnic Public Sphere and Differentiated Citizenship