`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.

Light Entertainment on Television – and the Black-British Cultures it is Missing

Light Entertainment on Television – and the Black-British Cultures it is Missing

Light entertainment on television – and the black-British cultures it is missing

Part of the ‘utopianism’ of pleasure-related texts is that they involve an escape (on an audience, textual and performance level) from class and cultural distinctions. Popular culture implies cohesion. This makes approaches to reading race (within a supposedly ‘non-racial’ field) complicated; as though we are attempting to extract something ‘heavy’ from something supposedly ‘light’ and scrutinize with rigour cultural representations which are probably instinctive and based on the form of ‘innocent’ meritocracy known as ‘talent’.1 We can hardly ignore though, the fact of a major Black presence in the music and light entertainment field, compared with the story of absence, social Whiteness ...

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