Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ethnic minorities in media

Book Mark
Media, Culture and Society: An Introduction
Paul Hodkinson

Recognise ethnic identities as ever-changing

Media on both sides of the Atlantic have a history of under-representing ethnic minorities, writes Paul Hodkinson in Media, Culture and Society: An Introduction. As an example, he cites studies that found the proportion of African American characters on US television to be significantly lower than the proportion of blacks within the country's population, until the 1990s. “The situation is deemed gradually to have improved, partly thanks to the development of a range of newer cable channels, but other minorities, including South Americans and Asians, continue to be under-represented.”


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