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The Politics of Race in Cultural Distribution: Addressing Inequalities in British Asian Theatre

Saha, Anamik. 2017. The Politics of Race in Cultural Distribution: Addressing Inequalities in British Asian Theatre. Cultural Sociology, 11(3), pp. 302-317. ISSN 1749-9755 [Article]

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This article has two aims. Firstly, it challenges the assumption in both policy and media studies of race that increasing the number of minorities in the media will automatically lead to more diverse content. Secondly, it highlights how cultural distribution is a critical, yet under-researched, moment for racialised minorities working in the arts. Using a case study on ‘British Asian theatre’, the article problematises a particular cultural policy approach that emphasises the need to attract ‘new audiences’. While the emphasis on bringing marginalised audiences to the arts is welcome, this article argues that attempts to address racial inequalities in production and consumption in this way, reinforce rather than dismantle them.

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Media and Communications


8 May 2017Accepted
13 July 2017Published Online
1 September 2017Published

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12 Jul 2017 10:25

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13 Oct 2017 12:35

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URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20736

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