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Channeling Blackness Studies on Television and Race in America

ISBN-10: 0195167627

ISBN-13: 9780195167627

Edition: 2005

Authors: Darnell M. Hunt

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Blackness has always played a central role in the American imagination. Therefore, it should not be surprising that popular television--a medium that grew up with the Civil Rights Movement--has featured blackness as both a foil and a key narrative theme throughout its sixty-year existence. Ironically, in modern "colorblind" times, we are faced with a unique turn of events--blackness is actually overrepresented in television sitcoms and dramas. Channeling Blackness: Studies on Television and Race in America presents fifteen classic and contemporary studies of the shifting, complex relationship between popular television and blackness. Using a variety of methodological and theoretical approaches, these essays examine four key issues that have framed popular and scholarly inquiries into the nature of race on television: * The black-white binary * The power of media * Distinguishing between "negative" and "positive" images * The relative importance of markets versus racial motives in television Firmly establishing popular television as a central cultural forum in our society, Channeling Blackness looks at how television has profoundly shaped and been shaped by America's ambivalent relationship with blackness. It provides numerous examples of how our current interaction with television distinguishes the lived experiences of today from those of the past. The book also shows how the entertainment function of television often masks its ideological purpose, particularly its role in reflecting and reproducing America's racial order. A useful supplement in any number of courses on race and society, Channeling Blackness is an ideal text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on race and media, media and society, television studies, television criticism, communication studies, and African American and ethnic studies.
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Book details

List price: $62.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/23/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100

Darnell Hunt is Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and Professor of Sociology at UCLA. He is the editor or author of numerous books, including Channeling Blackness: Studies on Television and Race in America and Screening the Los Angeles “Riots:“ Race, Seeing, and Resistance.

Making Sense of Blackness on Television
The News Media and the Disorders, Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
Encoding and Decoding in the Television Discourse
Television and Black Consciousness
Television and the Black Audience: Cultivating Moderate Perspectives on Racial Integration
White Responses: The Emergence of ""Enlightened"" Racism
Hearing Anita Hill (and Viewing Bill Cosby)
A Myth of Assimilation: ""Enlightened"" Racism and the News
The Politics of Representation in Network Television
Ralph Farquhar's South Central and Pearl's Place to Play: Why They Failed Before Moesha Hit
Body and Soul: Physicality, Disciplinarity, and the Overdetermination of Blackness
""Where My Girls At?"" Negotiating Black Womanhood in Music Videos
The Spectacular Consumption of ""True"" African American Culture: ""Whassup with the Budweiser Guys?""
In a Crisis We Must Have a Sense of Drama: Civil Rights and Televisual Information
Black Content, White Control
Bibliography
Index