Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV (Hardback)Jervette R. Ward (editor)
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The first book of scholarship devoted to the issue of how black women are depicted on reality television, Real Sister offers an even-handed consideration of the genre. The book's ten contributors - black female scholars from a variety of disciplines - provide a wide range of perspectives, while considering everything from Basketball Wives to Say Yes to the Dress. As regular viewers of reality television, these scholars are able to note ways in which the genre presents positive images of black womanhood, even as they catalog a litany of stereotypes about race, class, and gender that it tends to reinforce.
Rather than simply dismissing reality television as ""trash"", this collection takes the genre seriously, as an important touchstone in ongoing cultural debates about what constitutes ""trashiness"" and ""respectability"". Written in an accessible style that will appeal to reality TV fans both inside and outside of academia, Real Sister thus seeks to inspire a more nuanced, thoughtful conversation about the genre's representations and their effects on the black community.
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 825 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
"Every now and then a publication arrives that's right on time, and Real Sister is the read of the season ... Cue the book club debates!"--#1 in Patrik's Picks "Essence Magazine "
"A frank meditation on the images of black women in television's most dominant form, Real Sister exposes the ways in which the ambivalent pleasures derived from reality TV's obligatory train wrecks implicate black women as both victim and entrepreneur."--Darnell Hunt "editor of Channeling Blackness "