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Struggles for Equal Voice
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Reveals how African Americans used cable television as a means of empowerment. While previous scholarship on African Americans and the media has largely focused on issues such as stereotypes and program content, Struggles for Equal Voice reveals how African Americans have utilized access to cable television production and viewership as a significant step toward achieving empowerment during the post–Civil Rights and Black Power era. In this pioneering study of two metropolitan districts—Boston and Detroit—Yuya Kiuchi paints a rich and fascinating historical account of African Americans working with municipal offices, local politicians, cable service providers, and other interested parties to realize fair African American representation and media ownership. Their success provides a useful lesson of community organizing, image production, education, and grassroots political action that remains relevant and applicable even today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Unveiling the Struggles for Equal Voice
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Chapter 1: The Black Image in the White Pathology
  2. pp. 17-34
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  1. Chapter 2: Cable Television: Past and Present
  2. pp. 35-62
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  1. Chapter 3: The Incubation Period of Cable Television
  2. pp. 63-108
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  1. Chapter 4: Drafting of Democratic Communication Media
  2. pp. 109-176
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  1. Chapter 5: Progress and Struggles in the Process of Franchise Decisions for Media Democracy
  2. pp. 177-228
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  1. Chapter 6: From Agreement to Production: Period of Struggling
  2. pp. 229-248
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  1. Conclusion: BET is not the Answer
  2. pp. 249-260
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 261-302
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 303-310
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-324
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  1. Back Cover
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