`This is one of the most important books on race, representation and politics to come along in a decade…. Sarita Malik's book is a brilliant contribution to the literature on race, cultural studies and public pedagogy' - Henry Giroux, Penn State University Representing Black Britain offers a critical history of Black and Asian representation on British television from the earliest days of broadcasting to the present day. Working through programs as wide-ranging as the early documentaries to `ethnic sitcoms' and youth television, this book provides a detailed analysis of shifting institutional contexts, images of `race' and ethnic-minority cultural politics in modern Britain.

The Struggle for Meanings of ‘Blackness’: Summary and Conclusion

The Struggle for Meanings of ‘Blackness’: Summary and Conclusion

The struggle for meanings of ‘blackness’: Summary and conclusion

It is too late in the day to get worked up about it or to blame others, much as they deserve such blame and condemnation. What we need to do is to look back and try to find out where we went wrong, where the rain began to beat us. (Achebe in Killam, 1977)

Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe, speaking here about the postcolonial enterprise, notes the potential value of historical work. Whilst all ‘looking back’ is essentially interpretative, it seems clear to me that television, far from being ‘free’ and independent, actively racially organizes, constructs a reality and ‘neutrality’ of its own, and always makes active choices and judgements ...

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