Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Media Portrayals of Latina/o/s
Kylo-Patrick R. Hart
In recent decades, with regard to the topic of race and crime, the majority of scholarly and critical analyses of media portrayals have focused primarily on African Americans in relation to White Americans. However, a growing body of research activity has increasingly begun to explore media portrayals of Latinos and the effects of such portrayals on audience members. To date, U.S. media offerings have done a comparatively poor job in portraying Latina/o Americans in fair and diverse ways. At the same time, Latinos today represent the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the United States; additional care and effort devoted to portraying them more accurately will inform audience members about the diverse realities and lived experiences of members of this important demographic group. This entry explores typical media representations of Latinos (both generally and in relation to crime), the likely effects of continual exposure to them, and promising strategies by ...