Real Sister

Real Sister

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From The Real Housewives of Atlanta to Flavor of Love, reality shows with predominantly black casts have often been criticized for their negative representation of African American women as loud, angry, and violent. Yet even as these programs appear to be rehashing old stereotypes of black women, the critiques of them are arguably problematic in their own way, as the notion of a€œrespectabilitya€ has historically been used to police black womena€™s behaviors. The first book of scholarship devoted to the issue of how black women are depicted on reality television, Real Sister offers an even-handed consideration of the genre. The booka€™s ten contributorsa€”black female scholars from a variety of disciplinesa€”provide a wide range of perspectives, while considering everything from Basketball Wives to Say Yes to the Dress. As regular viewers of reality television, these scholars are able to note ways in which the genre presents positive images of black womanhood, even as they catalog a litany of stereotypes about race, class, and gender that it tends to reinforce. Rather than simply dismissing reality television as a€œtrash, a€ this collection takes the genre seriously, as an important touchstone in ongoing cultural debates about what constitutes a€œtrashinessa€ and a€œrespectability.a€ Written in an accessible style that will appeal to reality TV fans both inside and outside of academia, Real Sister thus seeks to inspire a more nuanced, thoughtful conversation about the genrea€™s representations and their effects on the black community.This may be true for many reality TV shows, but demographic research shows that African American family reality TV shows are ... This issue has become a substantial one as race theorists continue to examine the fact that African American positive ... certainly exist in reality TV programming just as they do in the television genres of talk shows, sitcoms, and dramas. ... The section following these four shows focuses on four of their counterparts, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Theanbsp;...

Title:Real Sister
Author:Jervette R. Ward
Publisher:Rutgers University Press - 2015-11-02


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