Minority Representation and the Media Studies


This research examines the question of minority representation and discourse expanding Stuart Hall's identity theory. Representation of identity changes the surface through articulation to different signification and sometimes expands the range witch connotes in the course of history. In this research, this importance of the changes in minority representation will be discussed. Stuart Hall, a theoretical leader of Cultural Studies who introduced neo-Marxism to mass communication research, set his focus on this articulation process. His research questioned why and how specific articulation was accepted as unswerving and others were not. Today this articulation of identity cannot separate from the mass media that preferentially format more and more. Analyzing the articulation or re-articulation process of discourse between social forces, especially over the representation of ethnic identity is in need to pursue theoretical development in Ethnic Studies. In many studies on ethnic groups, this systematical view on minority representation and its interwoven relation with neo-conservative wave are overlooked due to convergence to the actual racist experiences of minorities. By looking at the process of discourse formation and the changes in actual presentation, we will be able to see the identity as generated in a form which is always collated to representation; subjected self. Because identity is a suture point of discourse practice inviting specific discourse socialized subject and the process of construction of self by calling Hall 1996_5=2001:15, though it is not Inevitable articulation, unification is sustained under certain circumstances.

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Yoshie Niijima, Keio University, Japan

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Conference: ECSS2015
Stream: Cultural and Media Studies

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