Representation of Ethnicity 

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  • Created on: 18-04-16 18:31
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  • Representation of Ethnicity
    • Stereotypes
      • White
        • Powerful
          • Phsycially
          • Intellectually
        • Often the hero
        • Serial killer in charge
          • (dominant race)
        • Lead role
      • Black
        • Gangster
        • Impoverished
        • Criminal
        • Victim
      • Latino
        • Ugly
        • Uneducated
        • Illegal aliens
        • Sex symbols
        • involved in drugs (taking and dealing)
      • Asian (Arabic)
        • Very religious
        • Terrorists/violent
          • Seen as the villain
        • Strict/stern = not a push over (as parents)
      • Asian (Chinese)
        • Clever
        • Martial arts obsessed
        • Quirky or weak
        • Lack emotion
        • All look the same
        • obsessed with electronics
    • Ethnic minorities as...
      • Criminals
        • 'Black crime'
          • organised gangs
            • push drugs
            • violently defend urban territories.
      • A threat(creating moral panics)
        • Immigrants and asylum seekers
          • only interested in living in Britain because they wish to take fraudulent advantage of Britain’s ‘generous’ welfare state
        • Muslims
          • stereotyped as backward, extremist, fundamentalist and misogynist.
      • Dependent
        • ‘coup-war-famine-starvation syndrome’
          • implies that the causes of the problems experienced by developing countries are self-inflicted
            • that they are the result of stupidity, tribal conflict, too many babies, laziness, corruption and unstable political regimes.
            • External causes such as colonialism, tied aid, transnational exploitation and the unfair terms of world trade are rarely discussed
      • Abnormal
        • E.g. Asian arranged marriages
          • often inaccurate
          • does not reflect how the system has changed over time
        • Is wearing a hijab or veil problematic and unnesscary ?
          • Represented as being inferior to western female dress codes?
          • Portrayed as a patriarchal and oppressive form of control
            • exemplifies the misogyny of Islam and symbolises the alleged subordinate position of women in Islam
      • Unimportant
        • the lives of White people are somehow more important than the lives of non-White people
        • News items about disasters in developing countries are often restricted to a few lines or words unless there are also White or British victims.
        • institutionalised racism was present in the British media in the way they reported death from violent crime
        • Black and Asian victims of violent death did not get the same attention as White victims
      • Invisible
        • Limited roles in TV drama
          • Often reflect low job status
            • Africans = cleaners
            • Asians = shopkeepers
        • Tokenism
          • Programmes contain characters from ethnic minority groups just because they 'should'.
            • Does TV Drama rarely show black or asian people as being ordinary citzens that happen to be that ethnicity?

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