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On Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media

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Every few years one comes across a book that is so intellectually and politically engaging that it serves to reinforce one's (often tested) confidence in academia. Ella Shohat and Robert Stam's Unthinking Eurocentrism is one such project. Their range of reference is enormous, their accomplishment vast. Shothat/Stam connect and problematize issues of race, nation, and gender across varied texts in different decades, even different countries. The book intervenes in theoretical debates at a critical time in U.S. academia, when the circle of fashionable "posts" has been joined by trendy "postcolonials," and when multiculturalism is often a meaningless liberal call for pluralism, yet when academic departments are beginning to recognize the need for more egalitarian representation, on faculties and in the curriculum. Shohat/Stam do not hesitate to clearly state their stand on debates in contemporary academia, and what emerges is a set of theoretical insights and/or clarifications that will prove invaluable to teachers/scholars in the field for many years.
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Keywords: Eurocentrism; discourse; ethnicity; media; multiculturalism; race

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-07-31

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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