`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.

Casting the Black Subject in Television Drama

Casting the black subject in television drama

We have been looking at how television functions as a privileged site in translating and organizing the imagined needs and definitions of the nation. These imagined needs and definitions – with the emphasis on translation – are especially important in relation to drama, because it is here that we can speak more unequivocally about ‘representation’ rather than ‘reflection’ (or about ‘the active labour of making things mean’, Hall, 1982), compared to say sport, news and variety that depend in greater degrees on representing what is happening ‘out there’. In broad terms, there is no pre-given reality to reproduce in dramatic form, only a set of choices to make about whom, how and ...

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