A New Form of Representation or Depictions as Usual?
Chapter 3. Does Majority or Minority Cast Status Matter?
DOES MAJORITY OR MINORITY CAST STATUS MATTER?
The question in this chapter is: “How do the mediated representations of Black women in docusoaps in which they are featured in a predominantly Black (PB) female cast differ from those that feature Black women as the minority (PNB) characters”? In our analysis of the 2011 season of the shows mentioned in Chapter 2, we found that differences do exist, as some dominant categories for Black women in the PB shows did not emerge as dominant categories for the Black women in the PNB shows. These dominant categories, which emerged from the narrated lived experiences of 14 Black women in the PB shows were: the Professional Black Woman (n=13), the Good Black Mother (n = 10), and the High Class Black Woman (n = 14). Each of these images was presented overall in a flattering light.
There there was one category that emerged as a dominant character for the Black women in the PNB shows only. Five of the six Black women in the PNB shows were presented as the Sexualized Black Woman. The character was presented in an unflattering light. Table 3 illustrates how these images appeared in PB shows compared to the PNB shows. ← 53 | 54 →
Table 3. Differences Between 2011 PB Docusoaps and PNB Docusoaps.
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