Race and Contention in 21st Century U.S. Media (tentative title)
Prospectus in development for Emerald Group Publishers
Jason Smith and Bhoomi K. Thakore, editors
In the 21st century, colorblind ideology permeates all structures of society, including the media. Representations of minorities in the media continue to reflect contentious stereotypes and ideologies. While these representations are problematic, they represent the racial order in which they were produced. To date, much has been written on the topic of stereotypical representation in the media. However, there have been fewer critical works on the ways in which increased minority representation speak to normative racial ideology, and the political economy surrounding the creation of these representations.
In Race and Contention in 21st Century U.S. Media, we strive to address the ways in which minority characters have broken the historical limitations of representation in mainstream/popular media. Through the works presented in this anthology, we will acknowledge the power of dominant values and ideologies in non-normative racial/gender representations, and the types of characterizations these representations reproduce. We contend that these representations have direct consequences on racial ideologies and hierarchies in the 21st century.
We seek both theoretical and empirical submissions that address minority representations in a variety of post-2000 media – including film, television, music, news media, and online/new media. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
●Media and the “Post-racial” (contributes to/challenges of)
●Race and intersections of gender and sexualities
●Biracialism in the media
●Structural dimensions (around all forms of media)
●Policy-related issues and their impact on the media landscape
●Media as a melting pot or a source of multicultural displays
●Mass media or niche media in regard to racial/ethnic groups
●Media creation - practices, values, norms
Please submit your completed chapter (5000-7000 words), OR a chapter proposal(500-750 words, including your research question, key literature, and conclusions) to the editors by August 30, 2014. Authors will be notified by October 2014 if their proposals have been accepted for the book prospectus. For more information and to submit proposals, contact Jason Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Bhoomi K. Thakore (email@example.com).
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