The iconic ghetto on British television: Black representation and Top Boy

Andrews, Kehinde (2017) The iconic ghetto on British television: Black representation and Top Boy. In: Adjusting the Contrast: British Television and Constructs of Race. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9781526100986

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The chapter explores the importance of the concept of the iconic ghetto, examining its discursive importance in reproducing racism. It has particular resonance given that the majority of black people live in concentrated areas of urban centres and therefore how they are represented to the broader society through the media has major consequences. The essay develops a critical discourse analysis of Top Boy to understand how the iconic ghetto is reproduced throughout the show. From this analysis, the basis of the iconic ghetto that was portrayed throughout the show becomes apparent and is captured in the number of themes explored including the proliferation of poverty, crime and violence agency, a lack of female and agency and ultimately blaming the black communities for the problems the show exaggerates.

Item Type: Book Section
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17 August 2017Published
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-02 - sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Kehinde Andrews
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2018 09:46
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:55

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