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Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico$
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Paul Julian Smith

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781781383247

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781383247.001.0001

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Race on TV: Crónica de castas [Chronicle of Castes] (Canal 11, 2014)

Race on TV: Crónica de castas [Chronicle of Castes] (Canal 11, 2014)

(p.163) Chapter Seven Race on TV: Crónica de castas [Chronicle of Castes] (Canal 11, 2014)
Dramatized Societies: Quality Television in Spain and Mexico

Paul Julian Smith

Liverpool University Press

Chapter 7 enlarges the focus on gender and sexual politics to embrace race and ethnicity. Beginning with a historical account of the complex representation of race in Mexican visual culture (painting, film, and TV), it goes on treat a unique example of a series focusing on that repressed subject. Shot and set in a working class barrio of Mexico City, this series charts the troubled consequences of ethnic mixing in Mexico, presenting little seen (and heard) indigenous characters of different kinds and enlarging its focus to embrace local Jews, Basques, and working-class transvestites. Race, gender, religion, and social class are thus cut and shuffled in this invaluable drama.

Keywords:   TV drama, Canal Once, Race and ethnicity in Mexico

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