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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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  • On April 29 1992, the 'worst riots of the century' (Los Angeles Times) erupted. Television news-workers tried frantically to keep up with what was happening on the streets while, around the city, nation and globe, viewers watched intently as leaders, participants and fires flashed across their television screens. Screening the Los Angeles 'Riots' zeros in on the first night of these events, exploring in detail the meanings one news organisation found in them, as well as those made by fifteen groups of viewers in the events' aftermath. Combining ethnographic and quasi-experimental methods, Darnell M. Hunt's account reveals how race shapes both television's construction of news and viewers' understandings of it. He engages with the long-standing debates about the power of television to shape our thoughts versus our ability to resist, and concludes with implications for progressive change.

    • 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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    • 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
    Preface
    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
    Postscript
    Appendices
    Notes
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Darnell M. Hunt, University of Southern California

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