SOCB53 – Lecture 7 (Feb. 26)
How is a specific racial or ethnic group framed?
Are some types of portrayals more dominant?
How is the portrayal connected to power (need to think about
structures, institutions, economics)?
Who is portrayed as complex, diverse, unremarkable?
Who is portrayed as belonging/not belonging?
Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian (film)
How are Indigenous people represented by Hollywood?
More a part of nature than being human
o Noble Indian/Savage
A romantic idea
Problematic because it’s portrayed as something
A stereotype that not many people will fit, and
therefore they aren’t considered a “true
o Magical or mythical
o Lack of specificity
Example: their clothing.
o “Vanishing Indian”
Someone who doesn’t exist anymore
Dangerous because they are still here, and it
What radicalizing discourses can you identify?
o Wanted to be them
Race as Signifier: “The Proposal” (film)
What roles do ideas about “Indianness” play here?
o Close to nature, spiritual, supernatural, primitive,
exotic, lack of specificity, and implies an absence
Why do you think the director/writer made this choice?
Does the media cause racism?
o Don’t necessarily cause it, but we can ask: How are media representations implicated in
maintaining or resisting dominant racial
discources and hierarchies?
Can some representations be ambivalent?
Do representations cause racism?
Representation and Race
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