Media & Minorities: The Politics of Race in News and Entertainment

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 363 pages
"You're fired!" became the catch phrase in the spring of 2004 as NBC's The Apprentice captured public and media attention. Even though The Apprentice was not exclusively about race, it communicated and reinforced racial messages that are part and parcel of the dominant American ideology. No matter which minority group is represented, the media in America offer the same bill of fare: first, exclusion; followed by stereotyping that makes a sharp distinction between "good" minority members and "bad" ones; and finally, the telling of stories that justify racial inequality in American society. Media & Minorities looks at all these tendencies with an eye to identifying the "system-supportive" messages conveyed and offering challenges to them. The book covers all major media--including television, film, newspapers, radio, and magazines--and systematically analyzes their representation of the four largest minority groups in the United States: African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans. Entertainment media are compared and contrasted with news media, and special attention is devoted to coverage of social movements for racial justice and politicians of color. Political communication scholar Stephanie Greco Larson brings sharp insight into how the white-dominated media do a disservice to all their audiences when it comes to their representation of racial and ethnic minorities. She gives us ammunition for decoding the dominant messages and then combating them, whether through political activism, "culture jamming," or the creation and patronage of alternative media. Larson encourages readers to fight the misleading media messengers, saying "you're fired!" to media that undermine racial equality.
 

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This is a really good book on how Native Americans are negatively portrayed in the media.I had to write an essay about this and this book really made it a lot easier to write.Really helpful.

Contents

Reality Television American Myths and Racial Ideology
1
Racial Minorities in Films and Television Entertainment
11
Racial Politics in Fictional Media Films and Television
13
African Americans in Film and Television Entertainment
22
Native Americans in Film and Television Entertainment
44
Hispanics in Film and Television Entertainment
57
Asian Americans in Film and Television Entertainment
67
News Coverage of RacialMinority Mass Publics
79
Social Movements and the Media An Introduction
145
The Civil Rights Movement and the Mass Media
152
Native Americans Chicanos and Asian Americans Social Movements and the Media
178
News Coverage of RacialMinority Candidates and Politicians
193
Media Coverage of Candidates and Politicians An Introduction
195
News Coverage of Black Candidates and Politicians
202
Newspaper Coverage of Native American Candidates and Politicians
220
Coverage of Hispanic Candidates and Politicians
237

Representations of RacialMinority Mass Publics in the News
81
African American Mass Publics in the News
94
Native American Mass Publics in the News
108
Hispanic Mass Publics in the News
119
Asian American Mass Publics in the News
130
News Coverage of Racial Minority Social Movements
143
Newspaper Coverage of Asian American Candidates and Politicians
251
Conclusion
268
Notes
281
Index
351
About the Author
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About the author (2006)

Stephanie Greco Larson is professor of political science at Dickinson College.

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