`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 Racialization of the Black Subject in Television Documentary

The racialization of the black subject in television documentary

The historical development of the television documentary genre and the context within which modes of public communication were set and subsequently began to operate, are particularly useful when tracing the shifting representational strategies of ‘Blackness’ and ‘race’. Documentary realism has been the principal mode through which Black people have been represented on British television. The identification of ‘race’ as an Issue worthy of documentary intervention in the interests of public communication and ‘the public’, and as relating exclusively to non-White people, must be seen as a powerful force in how common-sense notions around Black people in British society have developed. The focus of this chapter is the active ...

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