The Vision of a Nation Making Multiculturalism on British Television, 1960-80

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-05-30
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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The Vision of a Nation tells the stories behind television's approaches to race relations, multiculturalism and immigration in the 'Golden Age' of British television. Focusing on the 1960s and 1970s, it argues that the makers of television frequently tried hard to shape multiculturalism and undermine racist extremism, believing that the media had a responsibility to mould the nation's vision of itself. Looking at popular fiction, non-fiction and programmes for minorities, Schaffer probes the impact of genre on television's approaches to race relations and multiculturalism, arguing that different conventions, restrictions and aims ensured radically different impacts.
At its core, The Vision of a Nation considers the politics, principles and prejudices behind television's interventions on multiculturalism, and probes the outputs of programmes on British audiences as well as the relationship between the makers of television and British politicians, activists and the public. Ultimately, the book argues that television's approach to race relations was highly influential and has done much to shape the evolution and self-images of multicultural Britain.

Author Biography

Gavin Schaffer is Professor of Modern History and Director of Postgraduate Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. His previous books include Racial Science and British Society, 1930-62 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Table of Contents

1.The Vision of a Nation: Introduction
2.The First Bridge: Programmes for Immigrants on British Television
3.Race in News and Current Affairs: Principles and Practice
4.Dealing with Racial Extremes: News and Current Affairs under Pressure
5.What's behind the Open Door? Talking Back on Race in Public-Access Broadcasting
6.The Rise and Fall of the Racial Sitcom: Laughter and Prejudice in Multicultural Britain
7.Struggling for the Ordinary: Race in British Television Drama

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