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Fictional President and Representations of Race in Hollywood Film
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to add knowledge to recent changes in representation of black and white fictional presidents, how they differ from one another and from the ideal presidential traits. The ideal presidential traits are based on previous research on real-life presidents and will provide the basis for the analytical framework that has been developed for this study. In order to fulfill this aim we have constructed a comparative case study that compares films from the second half of the 1990s with films from the 2010s. The films from each time period contains one white and one black fictional presidents and are all part of the action genre. The study shows that while fictional presidents in the 1990s were focused on politics the fictional presidents of today are instead created to be characters of action films with much less emphasis on the politics. Despite this change black fictional presidents have moved closer to the ideal traits while white fictional presidents have moved further away from them. White presidents have become more aggressive and unable to control themselves while the black presidents are now shown as funny characters with a more profane language than previously

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2014. , 50 p.
Keyword [en]
racial representation, presidents in film, fictional presidents, stereotypes in film, constructions of race
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-6387Local ID: EIS501OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-6387DiVA: diva2:731260
Subject / course
Political science
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IPPE
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Available from: 2014-07-01 Created: 2014-07-01 Last updated: 2014-07-01Bibliographically approved

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