Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media

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Overview

Unthinking Eurocentrism explores issues of Eurocentrism and multiculturalism in relation to popular culture, film and the mass media. The book ``multiculturalizes'' media studies by looking at Hollywood movie genres such as the western, the musical and the

imperial film from multicultural perspectives, examining issues from the racial politics of casting to colonialist discourse and gender and Empire.

More than just a critique of Eurocentricism and racism, Unthinking Eurocentrism also confirms artistic, cultural and political alternatives, discussing a wide range of non-Eurocentric media including Third World films, rap video and indigenous media. Synthesizing literary

theory, media theory and cultural studies to form a challenging interdisciplinary study, the authors agree that current debates about Eurocentrism and Afrocentrism are merely surface manifestations of a deep-rooted shift: the decolinization of global culture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415063241
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/28/1994
  • Series: Sightlines Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Stam is Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. He is the author or co-author of more than 15 books, which have been translated, in their entirety or in part, into 17 languages. He has lived and taught in France, Brazil, Germany, Tunisia, and the U.A.E. (Abu Dhabi), and has received Rockefeller, Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Princeton’s Davis Center for Historical Studies Awards.

Ella Shohat is Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University. Translated into diverse languages, her books include: Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices; Israeli Cinema; Talking Visions; and with Robert Stam, Multiculturalism, Postcoloniality and Transnational Media; Flagging Patriotism; and Race in Translation. Her awards include Fulbright, Rockefeller, and the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, where she also taught at The School of Criticism & Theory.  

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Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 From Eurocentrism to Polycentrism 13
2 Formations of Colonialist Discourse 55
3 The Imperial Imaginary 100
4 Tropes of Empire 137
5 Stereotype, Realism, and the Struggle Over Representation 178
6 Ethnicities-in-Relation 220
7 The Third Worldist Film 248
8 Esthetics of Resistance 292
9 The Politics of Multiculturalism in the Postmodern Age 338
Select bibliography 363
Index 381
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