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Reading Race
Hollywood and the Cinema of Racial Violence



240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In this insightful book, one of America's leading commentators on culture and society turns his gaze upon cinematic race relations, examining the relationship between film, race and culture.

Norman K Denzin argues that the cinema, like society, treats all persons as equal but struggles to define and implement diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism. He goes on to argue that the cinema needs to honour racial and ethnic differences, in defining race in terms of both an opposition to, and acceptance of, the media's interpretations and representations of the American racial order.

Acute, richly illustrated and timely, the book deepens our understanding of the politics of race and the symbolic complexity of segregation and discrimination.

 
PART ONE: READING RACE
 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: READING RACE
 
The Cinematic Racial Order
 
PART TWO: RACIAL ALLEGORIES: THE WHITE HOOD
 
A Grand Canyon
 
Race, Women and Violence in the Hood
 
Lethal Weapons in the Hood
 
PART THREE: RACIAL ALLEGORIES: THE BLACK AND BROWN HOOD
 
Boyz N Girlz in the Hood
 
Zoot Suits and Homeboys (and Girls)
 
Spike's Place
 
PART FOUR: A NEW RACIAL AESTHETIC
 
Screening Race

Norman K. Denzin

Norman K. Denzin is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Communications, College of Communications Scholar, and Research Professor of Communications, Sociology, and Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. One of the world’s foremost authorities on qualitative research and cultural criticism, he is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including The Qualitative Manifesto; Qualitative Inquiry Under Fire; Reading Race; Interpretive Ethnography; The Cinematic Society; The Alcoholic Self; and a trilogy on the American West. He is past editor of The Sociological Quarterly, co-editor of six editions of the... More About Author

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