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Sarita Malik and Darrell M. Newton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781526100986

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526100986.001.0001

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The iconic ghetto on British television: Black representation and Top Boy

The iconic ghetto on British television: Black representation and Top Boy

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Adjusting the Contrast

Kehinde Andrews

Manchester University Press

The chapter explores the importance of the concept of the iconic ghetto, examining its discursive importance in reproducing racism. It has particular resonance given that the majority of black people live in concentrated areas of urban centres and therefore how they are represented to the broader society through the media has major consequences. The essay develops a critical discourse analysis of Top Boy to understand how the iconic ghetto is reproduced throughout the show. From this analysis, the basis of the iconic ghetto that was portrayed throughout the show becomes apparent and is captured in the number of themes explored including the proliferation of poverty, crime and violence agency, a lack of female and agency and ultimately blaming the black communities for the problems the show exaggerates.

Keywords:   iconic ghetto, racism, urban centres, poverty, violence agency, black communities

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