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Newspaper Coverage of Interethnic Conflict
Competing Visions of America



October 2003 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Over the past three decades, United States foreign policy, new immigrant communities, and increasing global economic interdependence have contributed to an increasingly complex political economy in America's major cities. For instance, recent immigration from Asia and Latin America has generated cultural anxiety and racial backlash among a number of ethnic communities in America.

Newspaper Coverage of Interethnic Conflict: Competing Visions of America
examines mainstream and ethnic minority news coverage of interethnic conflicts in Miami, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Authors Hemant Shah and Michael C. Thornton investigate the role of news in racial formation, the place of ethnic minority media in the public sphere, and how these competing visions of America are part of ongoing social and political struggles to construct, define, and challenge the meanings of race and nation. The authors suggest that mainstream newspapers reinforce dominant racial ideology while ethnic minority newspapers provide an important counter-hegemonic view of U.S. race relations.

 
Part I
 
1. Introduction
 
2. Miami, 1989
 
3. Washington, D.C., 1991
 
Part II
 
4. Los Angeles, 1992
 
5. Los Angeles Times Coverage of Los Angeles
 
6. La Opinion Coverage of Los Angeles
 
7. African American Newspaper Coverage of Los Angeles
 
8. Asian American Newspaper Coverage of Los Angeles
 
9. Conclusions
 
Appendix A
 
Appendix B
 
Appendix C
 
Index
 
About the Authors

"Probably the first comprehensive, empirically based examination of how minority and mainstream news of organizations simultaneously cover interethnic strife, this well-documented book is an excellent companion to Oscar Gandy's 'Communication and Race' and is well suited for cross-cultural reporting courses, which are increasingly taught in the nation's journalism schools."

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Key features
  • Focuses on the relations among racial minorities, particularly Blacks, Asian Americans, and Latinos, in conflict situations.
  • Provides an in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis of both "mainstream" and "minority" press depictions.
  • Offers analysis based on case studies in Miami, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

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