Why Hollywood Remains "SoWhite" and a Note on How to Change It

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Molina-Guzmán uses Stuart Hall’s work on culture, representation, ideology, and hegemony that positions Hollywood as a cultural institution informed by and informative of US social values and norms as a means to unpack the #OscarsSoWhite movement to argue that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Molina-Guzmán maps three discursive frames: Hollywood exceptionalism, economic imperatives, and institutionalized racism and sexism as a means to reflect on the possibilities of change in production and representation in Hollywood. She focuses on 2014–2015 news coverage of Hollywood to question what she sees as the Hollywood paradox: the lack of diversity behind the camera yet the increasing shift toward on-screen diversity.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Myth of Colorblindness: Race and Ethnicity in American Cinema
Subtitle of host publicationRace and Ethnicity in American Cinema
EditorsSarah E Turner, Sarah Nilsen
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783030174477
ISBN (Print)9783030174460
StatePublished - Sep 29 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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