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Catherine R. Squires

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814762899

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814762899.001.0001

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The Post-Racial Family

The Post-Racial Family

Parenthood and the Politics of Interracial Relationships on TV

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The Post-Racial Mystique

Catherine R. Squires

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes NBC's prime-time drama Parenthood, a remake of the popular film released in 1989. From its casting and inclusion of more people of African descent, Parenthood is clearly a different text racially than its movie ancestor. However, the portrayal of those African American characters is not necessarily an unambiguous step forward. While well-meaning in its attempt to engage with social issues and portray the multicultural realities of California, the intergenerational drama continues to draw upon some of the oldest tropes of black/white romantic relationships and sexual interaction. The chapter also turns to the intersections of race, class, and gender in representations of families on television in general, examining how “post-racial” and “post-feminist” discourses and sensibilities that have been prominent in politics.

Keywords:   NBC, Parenthood, African American, multicultural realities of California, black/white romantic relationships, sexual interaction, race, class, gender, politics

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