Black Television Travels African American Media Around the Globe

ISBN-10: 0814737218
ISBN-13: 9780814737217
Edition: 2013
Authors: Timothy Havens
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Description: “Black Television Travelsprovides a detailed and insightful view of the roots and routes of the televisual representations of blackness on the transnational media landscape. By following the circulation of black cultural products and their  More...

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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 4/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 227
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

“Black Television Travelsprovides a detailed and insightful view of the roots and routes of the televisual representations of blackness on the transnational media landscape. By following the circulation of black cultural products and their institutionalized discourses—including industry lore, taste cultures, and the multiple stories of black experiences that have and have not made it onto the small screen—Havens complicates discussions of racial representation and exposes possibilities for more expansive representations of blackness while recognizing the limitations of the seemingly liberatory spaces created by globalization.”—Bambi Haggins, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University “A major achievement that makes important contributions to the analysis of race, identity, global media, nation, and television production cultures. Discussions of race and television are too often constricted within national boundaries, yet this fantastic book offers a strong, compelling, and utterly refreshing corrective. Read it, assign it, use it.”—Jonathan Gray, author ofTelevision Entertainment, Television Studies, and Show Sold Separately  Black Television Travelsexplores the globalization of African American television and the way in which foreign markets, programming strategies, and viewer preferences have influenced portrayals of African Americans on the small screen. Television executives have been notoriously slow to recognize the potential popularity of black characters and themes, both at home and abroad.  As American television brokers increasingly seek revenues abroad, their assumptions about saleability and audience perceptions directly influence the global circulation of these programs, as well as their content.Black Television Travelsaims to reclaim the history of African American television circulation in an effort to correct and counteract this predominant industry lore. Based on interviews with television executives and programmers from around the world, as well as producers in the United States, Havens traces the shift from an era when national television networks often blocked African American television from traveling abroad to the transnational, post-network era of today. While globalization has helped to expand diversity in African American television, particularly in regard to genre, it has also resulted in restrictions, such as in the limited portrayal of African American women in favor of attracting young male demographics across racial and national boundaries. Havens underscores the importance of examining boardroom politics as part of racial discourse in the late modern era, when transnational cultural industries like television are the primary sources for dominant representations of blackness. Timothy Havens is an Associate Professor of television and media studies in the Department of Communication Studies, the Program in African American Studies, and the Program in International Studies at the University of Iowa. In the Critical Cultural Communication series 

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: African American Television Trade
Roots and the Perils of African American Television Drama in a Global World
Integrated Eighties Situation Comedies and the Struggle against Apartheid
The Cosby Show, Family Themes, and the Ascent of White Situation Comedies Abroad in the Late 1980s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Channel Fragmentation, and the Recognition of Difference
The Worldwide Circulation of Contemporary African American Television
Black Television from Elsewhere: The Globalization of Non-U.S. Black Television
Conclusion: Transnational Televisual Aesthetics and Global Discourses of Race
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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