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April 24, 2018 / C H Thompson

Media Representations of Ethnicity

  • Black and Asian groups are negatively stereotyped creating scapegoats for social issues – ethnic minorities get blamed for things like economic issues (think deviancy amplification spiral)
  • Minority ethnic groups are often represented as law-breakers and deviants in TV and film roles
  • Ethnic minorities are represented as posing a threat with their ‘alien’ culture creating an ‘enemy within’
  • They are also represented in the news as causing social problems such as asylum seekers who are really economic migrants and not people fleeing persecution


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