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Media and Ethnic Minorities

Valerie Alia, Simone Bull

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This book addresses cross-cultural representations of ethnic minority peoples by dominant society 'outsiders' and indigenous self-representation in the context of the 'New Media Nation'. In doing so, it explores the role of language, culture, identity and media in liberation struggles and the emergence of new political entities, and opens up issues of colonial oppression to public debate. It is intended to help inform policy in a variety of settings. Grounded in current perspectives on diaspora and homeland and drawing on Alia's work on minorities, media and identity as well as Bull's work on Maori socio-cultural issues and criminalisation of minorities, this volume offers a comparative, international perspective on the experiences of a broad range of ethnic minority peoples. These include Inuit and First Nations people in Canada; Native Americans and African Americans in the United States; Sámi in northern Europe; Maori in New Zealand; Aboriginal people in Australia and Roma in Ireland and Britain.

Key Features

  • Teaching and learning exercises accompany each chapter
  • Includes recommendations for further reading, listening and viewing
  • Contains a comprehensive list of ethnic minority media in the UK.


Introduction: 'Race', Ethnicity, and Representation
1. The Rise and Rise of 'Imputed Filth'
2. Representations from the Outside
3. The Once Were Warriors Syndrome
4. Cultures of Silence
5. Homeland, Diaspora, and the 'New Media Nation'
6. Reciprocal Seeing
7. Ethnic Roots, Diasporic Routes, and Resistance from Below.

About the Author

Valerie Alia is Visiting Professor, Centre for Research into Diversity in the Professions, Leeds Metropolitan University. She is the series editor for EUP's Media Topics series and author of The New Media Nation (Berghahn, 2009).

Simone Bull is Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Health, Natural & Social Sciences, University of Sunderland.


Much is packed into this slim text... The authors combine original and thought-provoking case-studies with key issues drawn from discourses on ethnicity and media theory and practice.
- Heather Norris Nicholson, Manchester Metropolitan University, British Journal of Canadian Studies
Media and Ethnic Minorities sets up a radical anthropological account of power and representation
- Media International Australia
The most significant contribution of Alia and Bull’s book is theirsustained and critical discussion of what they call ‘the Once WereWarriors syndrome’
- Marwan M. Kraldy, University of Pennsylvania, Global Media and Communication

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