Mediating Frida: Negotiating discourses of Latina/o authenticity in global media representations of ethnic identity

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Abstract

This article analyzes the discourses of Latina/o identity embedded in the movie Frida , the Latino news coverage about the film, and an on-line chat stream about the film. Comparing the identity discourses circulated by the movie's producers, Latina/o journalists, and Latina/o audiences when discussing the film shows how different communities negotiate the meanings of ethnic identity. The study concludes that the discourses of ethnic identity circulated through the movie, news coverage, and chat stream disrupt notions of Latina/o ethnic identity as a stable and commodifiable demographic category.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-251
Number of pages20
JournalCritical Studies in Media Communication
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Commodification
  • Discourse
  • Ethnicity
  • Film
  • Frida
  • Latina/o
  • Latina/o News

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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