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Author Markovitz, Jonathan.

Title Racial spectacles : explorations in media, race, and justice / Jonathan Markovitz
Published New York : Routledge, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 227 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- "Exploding the myth of the black rapist" : collective memory and the Scottsboro Nine -- Anatomy of a spectacle : race, gender, and memory in the Kobe Bryant rape case -- Framing police corruption : the LAPD Rampart scandal in the news -- Reel bad cops : Hollywood's appropriation of the Rampart scandal -- Racial spectacles under an anti-racist gaze : new media and Abu Ghraib -- Conclusion : lessons from a campus movement
Summary Racial spectacles : explorations in media, race, and justice examines the crucial role the media has played in circulating and shaping national dialogues about race through demonstrations of crime and racialized violence. Jonathan Markovitz argues that mass media 'racial spectacles' often work to shore up racist stereotypes, but that they also provide opportunities to challenge prevalent conceptions of race, and can be seized upon as vehicles for social protest. This book explores a series of mass media spectacles revolving around the news, prime-time television, Hollywood cinema, and the .
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-180) and index
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Subject African Americans in mass media.
Mass media and criminal justice -- United States.
Mass media and minorities -- United States.
Mass media and race relations -- United States.
Mass media -- Objectivity -- United States.
Minorities in mass media.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203843215 (ebk)
9780203843215 (ebk)