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Screening the Los Angeles 'Riots'

Screening the Los Angeles 'Riots'
Race, Seeing, and Resistance

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Part of Cambridge Cultural Social Studies

  • Date Published: October 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521578141

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About the Authors
  • Screening the Los Angeles 'Riots' explores the meanings one news organization found in the landmark events of 1992, as well as those made by fifteen groups of viewers in the events' aftermath. Combining ethnographic and experimental research, Darnell M. Hunt explores how race shapes both the construction of television news and viewers' understandings of it. In the process, he engages with longstanding debates about the power of television to shape our thoughts versus our ability to resist.

    • Explores interplay of race and media through study of historic event of LA 'riots'
    • Includes interviews with white, African-American and Latino viewers
    • Combines critical media studies and sociological approaches
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...Hunt's study will undoubtably become a definitive work on hegemony theory and the riots." Jane L. Twomey, Journal of Communication

    "...synthesizes important insights from British Cultural Studies, the sociology of race, social psychology, and ethnomethodology." Comunication Abstract

    "...a highly original, insightful, and essential piece of research." Contemporary Sociology

    "Darnell Hunt's noteworthy study presents an informed and detailed analysis of audience reaction to television news coverage of the civil rebellion in South Central L.A. that ultimately led to the death of 51 citizens, hundreds of injuries, and the destruction of more than a $1 billion in property." Dennis W. Mazzocco, Critical Sociology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521578141
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 38 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Context and Text:
    2. Media, race and resistance
    3. Establishing a meaningful benchmark: the KTTV text and its assumptions
    Part II. Audience:
    4. Stigmatized by association: Latino-raced informants and the KTTV text
    5. Ambivalent insiders: black-raced informants and the KTTV text
    6. Innocent bystanders: white-raced informants and the KTTV text
    Part III. Analysis and Conclusions:
    7. Raced ways of seeing
    8. Meaning-making and resistance

  • Author

    Darnell M. Hunt, University of Southern California

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