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This book is important. It builds on an astonishing array of writers on race and media to develop an original perspective on what it calls the ‘debatability’ of racism. Its arguments are well illustrated. It is theoretically sophisticated. It is also politically sharp. All that’s left is for you to read it.
Racism and Media addresses one of the major challenges of today’s world: the continuing racisms propagated, reproduced and reinforced via different genres and media in many context dependent ways. This book is an excellent, well argued, and comprehensive overview, with several in-depth case studies, which illustrate how pervasive racist attitudes, strategies, and practices have become and how they are disseminated both in formal and informal everyday interactions. A most valuable contribution to media studies, discourse studies, and political science.
Media logics are integrated into the formations of racism which are, as Titley argues, “simultaneously everywhere and nowhere in our public culture”. In calm and measured prose, he unpicks numerous conceptual issues around postracialism, the domopolitical and Islamophobia. using case materials about the Charlie Hebdo affair, the English Defense League and others. This is a sophisticated contribution to both understanding and acting against the re-emergence of the far Right.
As a scholar and journalist who feels rather familiar with ideas about race, I found this book refreshing and clarifying. It helped me see patterns in the fog of racial claims, to connect developments in the U.S. and Europe and to better understand how change and continuity are unfolding in mediated racial politics. Ultimately, Racism and Media will inform how I craft arguments about the relationship between media and race and how I think about what we are fighting for.
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