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

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

by Herman Gray
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0816645108

ISBN-13: 9780816645107

Pub. Date: 07/13/2004

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

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

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
Sales rank:
1,354,859
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxiii
1.Black Cultural Politics and Commercial Culture1
2.Reaganism and the Sign of Blackness14
3.African American Discourses and the Sign of Blackness35
4.The Transformation of the Television Industry and the Social Production of Blackness57
5.The Politics of Representation in Network Television70
6.It's a Different World Where You Come From93
7.Frank's Place: Possibilities, Limitations, and Legacies113
8.Spectacles, Sideshows, and Irreverence: In Living Color130
9.Jammin' on the One! Some Reflections on the Politics of Black Popular Culture147
10.Margin (in)to Future: From a Racial Past to a "Different" Future162
Notes177
References187
Index199

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