Ethnic Minorities and the Media: Changing Cultural Boundaries

Ethnic Minorities and the Media: Changing Cultural Boundaries

Ethnic Minorities and the Media: Changing Cultural Boundaries

Ethnic Minorities and the Media: Changing Cultural Boundaries

Synopsis

There are few media issues more pressing, or potentially more consequential, than the representation of ethnic minorities. This authoritative text therefore brings together leading international researchers who have examined some of the latest processes of change (and continuity) informing the field of ethnic minorities and the media. Numerous studies of 'race', racism and the mass media have been conducted over the past. However, both the media landscape and the cultural field of ethnic minorities are fast changing, and this book addresses the recent developments which have threatened to out space our ability to map, understand and intervene in processes of change. Presented in an accessible style, this book provides the reader with and overview of the very latest research findings and informed discussion. It opens with an introductory essay which maps recent approaches to the field, followed by substantive chapters which are structured thematically to address key processes of change such as media representations, media production, and cultures of identity.

Excerpt

Simon Cottle’s edited collection Ethnic Minorities and the Media: Changing Cultural Boundaries constitutes an incisive intervention into a number of controversial debates about media representations of ‘race’ and ethnicity in societies such as those in Europe and North America. Each of the eleven contributors engages with a key aspect of these debates from a new vantage point, showing how the cultural boundaries of identity formation may be discerned precisely as they are imposed, transformed and contested across the mediasphere. As the editor makes apparent from the outset, the media engender an array of crucial sites whereby the cultural dynamics of racial and ethnic discrimination (frequently characterized as an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ opposition) are being actively invoked in hegemonic terms. At the same time, however, he points out that these same spaces also can be used to affirm social and cultural diversity and, as such, help to create the conditions for the articulation of resistance to these forms of discrimination. It is this shared concern to examine afresh the fluidly contingent forces of cultural power being played out in media discourses, institutions and audiences which lies at the heart of this timely and sophisticated collection.

The Issues in Cultural and Media Studies series aims to facilitate a diverse range of critical investigations into pressing questions considered to be central to current thinking and research. In light of the remarkable speed at which the conceptual agendas of cultural and media studies are changing, the authors are committed to contributing to what is an ongoing process of re-evaluation and critique. Each of the books is intended to provide a lively, innovative and comprehensive introduction to a specific topical issue from a unique perspective. The reader is offered a thorough grounding in the most . . .

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