Discursive (Re)Productions of 'Post'-Race Schooling: Glee and the Post-Racial Gaze.
Abstract: This thesis investigates how the popular primetime television series
Glee adopts a "post-racial gaze" to reproduce inequality
through its representations of institutional practices and its cultural representations of
racial difference. The thesis argues that Glee maintains a
gaze on both youth and racialized bodies, which reproduces racial power structures under
the guise of equalit... read morey. This universalizing discursive strategy of post-racialism erases
important intersectionalities and (re)produces "post-racial" ideologies that ultimately
serve to redeem and restore dominant identities. This becomes important as a national
ideological project, as the show both implicitly and explicitly advocates for increased
diversity and tolerance, yet its methods and underlying messages largely serve to bolster
the status quo. The thesis focuses on the storylines of the three main female characters of
Color, while also comparing their written experiences to those of their counterparts in
dominant positions, in order to better understand the process of racialized
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Education.
Advisor: Sabina Vaught.
Committee: Freeden Oeur, and Monica Ndounou.
Keywords: Education, Film studies, and Ethnic studies.read less