`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 Packaging of Black Identities in Television News Narratives

The packaging of black identities in television news narratives

As with documentary, the discursive organization and production of television news is central in how the moral judgement and consensus about community, citizenship and social inclusion is constructed. Gramsci's notion of hegemony is particularly valuable in understanding news frameworks as a central knowledge system through which this (national) common sense about in-group cohesion and out-group difference, is established, disseminated and authorized. The domestic rituals involved in watching news, and the fact that it is engaged with as a matter of course, makes the ‘truth’ of the news text and those who tell it (the news-makers or the enunciators) appear both natural and legitimate. News, as an everyday routine ...

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