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- DescriptionCoverage of Mexican-American youth gangs has been a staple of local television news in the United States for decades, and its form and content have come to embody many journalistic cliches: the rising tide of violence, the spread of drug addiction, the alienated mirity youth. But as this bold new study argues, these stories contain gross exaggerations that lead to the reinforcement of stereotypes about Mexican-American young people and the Mexican-American community in general. Indeed, the police and community leaders greatly influence the content of this coverage by deciding what information to make available to the news media, while reporters select certain sources and igre others, thus slanting the story even further. As author Raul Tovares makes clear, the true story of Mexican-American youth is far more complex than local news would have its viewers believe. Cultural values, organizational structures, and ecomic systems all contribute to the production of this journalism, which itself has a direct and real impact on the lives of Mexican-American teenagers. Unlike other books on the subject of Mexican-American youth gangs, Tovares's work critiques the very assumptions on which ideas about such gangs are based, and brings much-needed attention to a timely and often misunderstood subject.
- Author BiographyRAUL DAMACIO TOVARES is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Trinity College in Washington, D.C.. His areas of study include television news, film, international communication, and ethnic representations in mass media, and he has published extensively both in journals and in edited collections.
- Author(s)Raul Damacio Tovares
- Date of Publication30/05/2002
- SubjectCommunication & Media
- Series TitleContributions to the Study of Mass Media & Communications
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 63
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight449 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine12 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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