Communication and Race

A Structural Perspective

OSCAR H. GANDY, Jr., Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania


This book provides a comprehensive review of scholarly approaches to understanding the place of race and ethnicity in the evolving systems of information media. It explores the concept of race through three streams of analysis: media systems and institutions, communication frames and symbolic representations; and social constructions. Borrowing insights from behavioral science, political economy, and the more interpretative strands of contemporary cultural studies, the book enters directly into the contemporary debate about structure and agency, and ends by proposing an agenda for the development of critical theory in the area of race and ethnicity.