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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Eriksen has suggested that: Ethnicity occurs when cultural differences are made relevant through interaction. This concerns what is socially relevant, not which cultural differences are 'actually there'.
Given the transposition of the demographics of ethnic diversity into the commercial imperatives of economically viable media audiences, the relevance of such an approach to ethnicity and the media is not hard to discern.
Past patterns of material relations between current majority and minority ethnic communities are argued to have continuing relevance for today's ethnic relations. Equally, the different historical experiences of nation-building must be ...
Thus, an historical account provides insight into the roots and their continuing relevance. Iordan's (1969) account of the parallel, and different, emergent attitudes to color under slavery in America and the Caribbean is an exemplary ...
... throw-away line became the supreme rhetorical signal of contemporary relevance.4 We were back, oddly enough, though in a totally different vehicle, to the spurious solidity so attractive to the empiricist content analysts.
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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