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`This is without doubt one of the most crucial books on race, illustration and politics to come back alongside in a decade…. Sarita Malik's publication is a superb contribution to the literature on race, cultural reports and public pedagogy' - Henry Giroux, Penn kingdom collage Representing Black Britain deals a serious historical past of Black and Asian illustration on British tv from the earliest days of broadcasting to the current day. operating via courses as wide-ranging because the early documentaries to `ethnic sitcoms' and formative years tv, this booklet offers a close research of transferring institutional contexts, photos of `race' and ethnic-minority cultural politics in sleek Britain.

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Foucault was less interested in ‘the great model of language and signs’ than in ‘that of war and battle’; more concerned with the ‘relations of power, not relations of meaning’ (Foucault, 1980: 114–15). The work of linguistics (the scientific study of language) and semiology (the study of signs and meaning) also plays an important part in our study of racialized representation. Just as the discursive approach emphasizes the effects and manifestations of representation (its ‘politics’), the semiological approach interrogates how language produces meaning (its ‘poetics’) (Hall, 1997).

The question of whether Black people can also be British has RBB Chapter 01 5/9/2001 3:17 pm Page 23 critical approaches to reading race on television These major turning points and continuities in Black-British social and political history have had an important bearing on Cultural Studies, the primary discipline through which race and representation has been studied. Research can generally be split into three areas: first, as part of more general debates about identity, ethnicity, culture and representation (Gilroy, 1993a; 1993b; Mercer, 1994; much of Hall’s work; hooks, 1992; Dyer, 1993; Owusu, 2000); secondly, work which focuses on representations of race in British film and cinema (Pines and Willemen, 1989; Mercer, 1988; Malik, 1996; Young, 1996; Wambu and Arnold, 1999); and thirdly, analysis of the British (Twitchin, 1988; Daniels and Gerson, 1989; Pines, 1992) or European television context (Frachon and Vargaftig, 1995).

The first, is that Black people, whether in grass-roots political struggle, intellectual discourse or on a more individualized, personal level have fought a very active campaign for equality and recognition in Britain, which has paved the way for our current claims to and relative ease with ‘being British’. The second is that British politics and culture has been characterized by an omnipotent racialization of thought and debate, be it in relation to imperialism, immigration, nationalism, citizenship, community, society, inclusion, pluralism or diversity (or through the official trajectories of Black struggle, Equal Opportunity, Cultural Diversity and now Globalization).

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