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Multiracial Stars and Stripes; An examination of post-race discourse through biracial/multiracial celebrity texts

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dc.rights.license Author Retains All Rights en_NZ
dc.contributor.advisor Smith, Jo
dc.contributor.author Samy, Fairooz
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-20T04:50:49Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-03T19:11:20Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-20T04:50:49Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-03T19:11:20Z
dc.date.copyright 2016
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/29918
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the media discourses surrounding, and producing, mixed-raced celebrities Halle Berry and Rashida Jones. Drawing on methods from Celebrity Studies, this thesis considers how media depictions of Berry and Jones (particularly feature-length articles and interviews) elucidate aspects of a post-Obama era of American cultural politics. I argue that Berry and Jones, as celebrity texts, both use, and can be understood through, neoliberal discourses that evoke post-race rhetoric through strategies of assimilation and tropes of colourlessness. I posit that applying a neoliberal lens to their mediated personas allows for a better understanding of how their biracial status is created. I further argue that Berry and Jones affect neoliberal subject positions that produce post-race discourses. Thus, an analysis of their mediated mixed-raced bodies reveals the assimilationist promise that Blackness can be accommodated in normative American society - if it is willing to ‘fall in line’ with neoliberal requirements or disassociate with Blackness and transcend it altogether. By engaging with this idea, this thesis builds interdisciplinary links between the fields of race studies, neoliberalism, and celebrity studies. en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.rights Access is restricted to staff and students only. For information please contact the Library. en_NZ
dc.subject Race en_NZ
dc.subject Celebrity en_NZ
dc.subject Gender en_NZ
dc.subject Media en_NZ
dc.subject Post-race en_NZ
dc.subject Neoliberalism en_NZ
dc.title Multiracial Stars and Stripes; An examination of post-race discourse through biracial/multiracial celebrity texts en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
dc.date.updated 2016-05-20T02:30:58Z
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 200104 Media Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 200204 Cultural Theory en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Media Studies en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts en_NZ

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