`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.

Representation, History and ‘Black Britain’: Questions of Context

Representation, History and ‘Black Britain’: Questions of Context

Representation, history and ‘black Britain’: Questions of context

This is an appropriate moment in which to look back at the history of Black representation on British television. 1998 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush (22 June 1948) which symbolized the inauguration of postwar, permanent, mass migration and the ‘coming to the homeland’ (or in the case of those who had served Britain during the Second World War, the ‘return to the homeland’) for Black colonial people to Britain (see Figure 1). 1997 had also seen the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan. One year after the Windrush anniversary, the British nation was once again confronted with the memory of a ...

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