The Symbolic Representation of Latinos: A Content Analysis of Prime-Time Television

The Symbolic Representation of Latinos: A Content Analysis of Prime-Time Television

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Date: August 2001
Creator: McKenzie-Elliott, Tracey M.
Description: The media are powerful agents of socialization in modern society influencing values, beliefs, and attitudes of the culture that produces them. Both the quantity and quality of Latino images in the media may reflect and reinforce the place of Latinos in United States society. This study examines how Latinos are portrayed in television entertainment programming by addressing two major research questions: 1) What is the extent of Latino recognition on prime-time television? and 2) What is the extent of respect accorded Latinos on prime-time television? A one-week sample of prime-time television programming airing on three networks yielded 47 programs and 807 characters for analysis. Using content analysis methodology, recognition is identified by examining the frequency and proportional representation of Latino television portrayals and respect is measured by examining the types and significance of these roles. The results indicate an overall lack of diversity on prime-time television with only 11 of the 47 programs analyzed reaching 50% or more of the maximum possible diversity in their racial and ethnic portrayals. Specifically, Latinos represent only 3% of primetime television characters, less than one-fourth of their proportion of the nation's population. Compared to non-Hispanic Whites, Blacks, and Asians, Latinos are the group least ...
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UNT Research, Volume 17, 2008

UNT Research, Volume 17, 2008

Date: 2008
Creator: University of North Texas
Description: UNT Research magazine includes articles and notes about research at University of North Texas in various academic fields.
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UNT Research, Volume 18, 2009

UNT Research, Volume 18, 2009

Date: 2009
Creator: University of North Texas
Description: UNT Research magazine includes articles and notes about research at University of North Texas in various academic fields.
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Cultural Hybridity: Arab/Latino -- A Reflexive Approach

Cultural Hybridity: Arab/Latino -- A Reflexive Approach

Date: Spring 2006
Creator: Rios, L. Danyel
Description: Thesis written by a student in the UNT Honors College discussing the experiences of being multi-ethnic and multicultural, focusing on people with a Latino and Arabic background.
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Mosquito Hall: Ethnic Labels and Social Injustices Within the Public School System

Mosquito Hall: Ethnic Labels and Social Injustices Within the Public School System

Date: April 3, 2008
Creator: Moses, Daniel & Nuñez-Janes, Mariela
Description: Presentation for the 2008 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on mosquito hall and ethnic labels and social injustices within the public school system.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College
Making Space for Inclusion: A Case Study About A Latina Anthropologist

Making Space for Inclusion: A Case Study About A Latina Anthropologist

Date: April 2, 2009
Creator: Robles, Jannell & Nuñez-Janes, Mariela
Description: Presentation for the 2009 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing research on making space for inclusion and a case study about a Latina anthropologist.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College
Educating Latinos in the United States: The Need for Exposure, Resources, and Cultural Understanding [Presentation]

Educating Latinos in the United States: The Need for Exposure, Resources, and Cultural Understanding [Presentation]

Date: March 30, 2006
Creator: Hardikar, Bethany & Nuñez-Janes, Mariela
Description: Presentation for the 2006 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing educating Latinos in the United States and the need for exposure, resources, and cultural understanding.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College
Educating Latinos in the United States: The Need for Exposure, Resources, and Cultural Understanding

Educating Latinos in the United States: The Need for Exposure, Resources, and Cultural Understanding

Date: March 30, 2006
Creator: Hardikar, Bethany & Nuñez-Janes, Mariela
Description: This paper discusses research on education for Latinos in the United States and the need for exposure, resources, and cultural understanding.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College
Educational Trajectories of Latino/a Students

Educational Trajectories of Latino/a Students

Date: April 3, 2008
Creator: Robles, Jannell & Nuñez-Janes, Mariela
Description: Presentation for the 2008 University Scholars Day at the University of North Texas discussing educational trajectories of Latino/a students.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College
Mosquito Hall: Ethnic Labels and Social Injustices Within the Public School System

Mosquito Hall: Ethnic Labels and Social Injustices Within the Public School System

Date: April 3, 2008
Creator: Moses, Daniel & Nuñez-Janes, Mariela
Description: The research outlined in this paper explores two important issues relevant to understanding Latino identity and educational achievement: ethnic labels and educational injustices.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College