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The Problems of US Broadcasting Policy: Race, Rights, and Regulation

Allison Perlman (University of California, USA)

Racializing Media Policy

ISBN: 978-1-80455-737-2, eISBN: 978-1-80455-736-5

Publication date: 22 February 2023


This chapter offers an historical overview and analysis of US broadcast regulation. It demonstrates how seemingly race-neutral policies – the interpretation of “public interest,” the preference for incumbents, the application of the First Amendment, and the embrace of colorblindness within US media policy – has functioned to entrench White interests in the broadcasting sector. Drawing on critical policy studies and critical race theory, this chapter illuminates how broadcast regulation has been a technology of White privilege, one that has had substantial consequences for the distribution of both material and symbolic resources as well as for the contours of the public sphere in the United States.



Perlman, A. (2023), "The Problems of US Broadcasting Policy: Race, Rights, and Regulation", Smith, J.A. and Craig, R.T. (Ed.) Racializing Media Policy, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 17-45.



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