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By Harry M. Benshoff, Sean Griffin

America on movie: Representing Race, type, Gender, and Sexuality within the videos, second Edition is a full of life creation to problems with range as represented in the American cinema.

  • Provides a entire evaluation of the economic, socio-cultural, and aesthetic components that give a contribution to cinematic representations of race, classification, gender, and sexuality
  • Includes over a hundred illustrations, word list of key phrases, questions for dialogue, and lists for additional reading/viewing
  • Includes new case stories of a few motion pictures, together with Crash, Brokeback Mountain, and Quinceañera

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In everyday conversation, less privileged groups are frequently referred to as minority groups. Such a term positions these groups as marginal to the dominant group that holds greater power. The term also implies that the disempowered groups are smaller numerically than the dominant group – an implication that may not necessarily be true. Census statistics often indicate that there are slightly more women living in the United States than men, yet men hold far more social power and privilege than do women.

The Constitution did at least acknowledge the presence of African Americans in the country (although they were valued by the government as only three-fifths of a person). Native Americans were denied even this dubious honor and were considered aliens. Even being a male of European descent did not necessarily guarantee inclusion in the great experiment of American democracy, for many statesmen at the time argued that only landowners (that is, those of a certain economic standing) should have the right to vote or hold office.

203: Titanic, dir. James Cameron, copyright © 1997, 20th Century-Fox and Paramount p. 205: Bulworth, dir. Warren Beatty, copyright © 1998, 20th Century-Fox. Photos: Sidney Baldwin p. 219: Mary Pickford, unidentified publicity photo, authors’ personal collection p. 221: Theda Bara, unidentified publicity photo, authors’ personal collection p. 223: Clara Bow, unidentified publicity photo, authors’ personal collection p. 226: Dorothy Arzner, unidentified publicity photo, authors’ personal collection p.

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