#OscarsSoWhite: how Stuart Hall explains why nothing changes in Hollywood and everything is changing

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Stuart Hall’s work on culture, representation, ideology and hegemony positions Hollywood as a cultural institution informed by and informative of US social values and norms. Thus contemporary debates over Hollywood's diversity are indicative of broader social conflicts. Empirically the article examines 2014–2015 news coverage of Hollywood to question the Hollywood paradox—the lack of diversity in film/TV production yet TV’s increasing shift towards on-screen diversity. It maps three discursive frames: Hollywood exceptionalism, economic imperatives, and institutionalized racism and sexism. The article concludes by using Hulu’s East Los High to reflect on TV’s digital turn and innovative models in production and representation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-454
Number of pages17
JournalCritical Studies in Media Communication
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 19 2016



  • Hollywood
  • Stuart Hall
  • ethnicity
  • hegemony
  • race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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