Latina ethnoracial ambiguity in postracial television narratives

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Since the 1980s, US media audiences have been bombarded with cultural and political messages that race, ethnicity, and gender are no longer relevant. Indeed, the election of President Obama in 2008 affirmed that popular narrative by providing symbolic evidence that the United States is now in a "post-race" and "post-gender" moment where race and gender no longer matter (Enck-Wanzer 2011; Esposito 2009). A scan across the US television environment tells us a similar story. Increasingly ethnic and racial minority characters are included in ensemble casting such as Lost (2004-2010) and Grey’s Anatomy (2005-present) and more and more ambiguously coded characters such as Jessica Alba in Dark Angel (2000-2002) and Naya Rivera in Glee (2009-present) are woven into primary storylines not exclusively focused on narratives about ethnicity and race.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLatinos and Narrative Media
Subtitle of host publicationParticipation and Portrayal
EditorsFrederick Luis Aldama
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781137361783
ISBN (Print)9781137366450
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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