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By Professor John D. H. Downing, Professor Charles Husband

The Media play a various and demanding position within the functional expression of racism and within the daily politics of ethnicity. Written by way of veterans of study on media and 'race', this ebook deals a clean comparative analyses of the problems and units out the foremost agendas for destiny examine.

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Qxd 16 1/13/2005 7:01 PM Page 16 Representing ‘Race’ allows for a subtle denial of recognition or, if preferred, a robust rejection of the poseur. The fact that a variety of markers may be used to define these boundaries is central to our understanding of ethnicity (see Wallman, 1986). A complementary range of markers helps to minimize the risk that a genuine member of an ethnic group may have their claim to membership denied because they fail on one marker. They also ensure that no outsider can claim membership of the ethnic group because they satisfy one of the criteria.

9 Historians have similarly traced the shift from religiously based negative stereotypes of Africans to those exploiting primitive physical anthropology and biology (Jordan, 1968; Haller, 1995; Fredrickson, 1971), and subsequently Barker (1981), Entman and Rojecki (2000), and other scholars cited in the previous chapter have analyzed the emergence of culturalist racial stereotyping since the latter part of the last century. qxd 34 1/13/2005 7:02 PM Page 34 Representing ‘Race’ The most economical ‘Ockham’s Razor’ explanation of these ideological switches would have to lie in the enduring persistence of racial oppression despite changes over time in hegemonic cultural frameworks and in the mechanisms of oppression (for example, the shift in the USA from slavery, then to share-cropping, and then to urban migrant labor).

This gender and/or class fusion process tends to lend extra vitality to racial stereotyping because it draws on more detail, or offers a variation in ‘knowledge’ about supposed differences in ‘the others’. Recent work on stereotyping in cinema (Ramírez-Berg, 2002) also examines the ways in which films and other media may present contradictory stereotypes, or how particular actors may use their performance skills to overflow the stereotypical roles they are allotted by Hollywood. ) So where does this panoply of meanings of the term ‘stereotype’ leave us?

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