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“This study of ‘elite racism,’ which can be subtle but is in fact pervasive and sometimes mundane, is an important contribution to the study of racism and a fine example of comparative race and ethnic studies. Intended for undergraduate and graduate students and scholars, it can also be profitably read by anyone interested in understanding the multiple manifestations of racism in U.S. and European societies.” --Choice

Media Discourse
Media discourse
The Powerful Role of the Media

After examining several types of elite discourse in the previous chapters, we finally pay special attention to the functions of news discourse and media elites. The role of the mass media in the reproduction of racism in contemporary European and North American societies is as fundamental as its general role in the political, social, and ideological reproduction of modern societies. None of the other power elites, and especially the political elites, and their discourses could be as influential as they are without the mediating and sometimes reinforcing functions of the press, radio, and television. What most people know about politicians, scholars, and corporate top managers is based on their refracted picture constructed in the media. Indeed, most ...

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