The Post-Racial Mystique: Media and Race in the Twenty-First Century

The Post-Racial Mystique: Media and Race in the Twenty-First Century

by Catherine Squires
     
 

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Despite claims from pundits and politicians that we now live in a post-racial America, people seem to keep finding ways to talk about race—from celebrations of the inauguration of the first Black president to resurgent debates about police profiling, race and racism remain salient features of our world. When faced with fervent anti-immigration

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Despite claims from pundits and politicians that we now live in a post-racial America, people seem to keep finding ways to talk about race—from celebrations of the inauguration of the first Black president to resurgent debates about police profiling, race and racism remain salient features of our world. When faced with fervent anti-immigration sentiments, record incarceration rates of Blacks and Latinos, and deepening socio-economic disparities, a new question has erupted in the last decade: What does being post-racial mean?

The Post-Racial Mystique explores how a variety of media—the news, network television, and online, independent media—debate, define and deploy the term "post-racial" in their representations of American politics and society. Using examples from both mainstream and niche media—from prime-time television series to specialty Christian media and audience interactions on social media—Catherine Squires draws upon a variety of disciplines including communication studies, sociology, political science, and cultural studies in order to understand emergent strategies for framing post-racial America. She reveals the ways in which media texts cast U.S. history, re-imagine interpersonal relationships, employ statistics, and inventively redeploy other identity categories in a quest to formulate different ways of responding to race.

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“With rigor and accessible style, Catherine R. Squires provides an excellent view of the history and contemporary terrain of media and racial discourse in all of its complexity. The Post-Racial Mystique will be a defining book in our long-lasting and complicated conversation about the interrelationship between race and media.”-Charlton McIlwain,co-author of Race Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in U.S. Political Campaigns

“Far too many Americans today see ‘race’ self-deludingly through the foggy lens of ‘post-racism.’ Catherine R. Squires dispels the fog with this insightful study of the enduring grip of ‘race’ over American life.”-John Downing,co-author of Representing 'Race': Racisms, Ethnicity and the Media

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814764602
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/04/2014
Series:
Critical Cultural Communication
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
243
Sales rank:
1,256,143
File size:
5 MB

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