`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.

‘Is it 'cos I is Black?’: The Black Situation in Television Comedy

‘Is it 'cos I is Black?’: The Black Situation in Television Comedy

‘Is it 'cos i is black?’: The black situation in television comedy

So far we have been looking at how images of Blackness in the ‘truth’ genres work through representational codes of verisimilitude, realism and impartiality in order to represent ‘society’. By contrast, with light entertainment, the distinction is often made between ‘television’ and ‘society’, where the invitation to find pleasure is sold on the grounds that it acts as the direct antithesis of the routine displeasure to be found in everyday (home and work) life. Despite this, the axis of a large proportion of British humour has rested on notions of racial difference, depending on it for its narrative and temporal setting on ...

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