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Black Women in Reality Television Docusoaps

A New Form of Representation or Depictions as Usual?

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Adria Y. Goldman and Damion Waymer

Black Women in Reality Television Docusoaps explores representations of Black women in one of the most powerful, popular forms of reality television – the docusoap. Viewers, critics, and researchers have taken issue with what they consider to be unflattering, one-dimensional representations. This book discusses images of Black women in reality television during the 2011 viewing year, when much criticism arose. These findings provide a context for a more recent examination of reality television portrayals during 2014, following many reality stars’ promises to offer new representations. The authors discuss the types of images shown, potential readings of such portrayals, and the implication of these reality television docusoap presentations. The book will be useful for courses examining topics such as popular culture; mass media and society; women’s studies; race and media; sex and gender; media studies; African American issues in mass communication; and gender, race and representation, as well as other graduate-level classes.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Goldman, Adria Y. Black women in reality television docusoaps: a new form of representation or depictions as usual? / Adria Y. Goldman, Damion Waymer. pages cm. — (Black studies and critical thinking) Includes bibliographical references. 1. African American women on television. 2. Reality television programs—United States. I. Waymer, Damion. II. Title. PN1992.8.A34G65 791.4508’996073—dc23 2015003544 ISBN 978-1-4331-2778-6 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4331-2777-9 (paperback) ISBN 978-1-4539-1568-4 (e-book) ISSN 1947-5985

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