• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Latinos in Media, Character Depictions and Social Representation of

  • By: Dana Mastro
  • In: Encyclopedia of Media Violence
  • Edited by: Matthew S. Eastin
  • Subject:Mass Communication, Aggression & Violence, Violence & Society

Portrayals of Latinos (and diverse groups in general) in the media play a meaningful role in the development of social perceptions regarding Latinos, particularly among audience members with little or no real-world contact with them. These perceptions ultimately can influence a range of societal outcomes, including prejudice and discrimination, as well as policy decisions. Accordingly, it is important to systematically document these media depictions and examine the effects of exposure on audiences. Notably, both the quantity and the quality of these portrayals have been implicated in the outcomes associated with exposure. Specifically, these characterizations (a) speak to perceptions of group standing and status, (b) define norms of treatment and expectations about interethnic contact, (c) prompt cognitive and emotional responses that govern interethnic interactions, and (d) ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles