Watching Race: Television and the Struggle for Blackness / Edition 1

Watching Race: Television and the Struggle for Blackness / Edition 1

by Herman Gray
     
 

In the late 1980s and early 1990s television representations of African Americans exploded on the small screen. Starting with the portrayal of blacks on series such as The Jack Benny Show and Amos 'n' Andy and continuing through The Cosby Show and In Living Color, Gray shows how the meaning of blackness on screen has changed through the years.Herman Gray is professor… See more details below

Overview

In the late 1980s and early 1990s television representations of African Americans exploded on the small screen. Starting with the portrayal of blacks on series such as The Jack Benny Show and Amos 'n' Andy and continuing through The Cosby Show and In Living Color, Gray shows how the meaning of blackness on screen has changed through the years.Herman Gray is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is also the author of Producing Jazz and has appeared in the documentaries Color Adjustment and Signal to Noise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816645107
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
07/13/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1Black cultural politics and commercial culture1
2Reaganism and the sign of blackness14
3African American discourses and the sign of blackness35
4The transformation of the television industry and the social production of blackness57
5The politics of representation in network television70
6It's a different world where you come from93
7Frank's place : possibilities, limitations, and legacies113
8Spectacles, sideshows, and irreverence : in living color130
9Jammin's on the one! : some reflections on the politics of black popular culture147
10Margin (in)to future : from a racial past to a "different" future162

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