ERIC Number: ED291846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-30
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Objectifying the Subjective: toward the Development of a Computerized Database of the Treatment of Ethnicity and Foreignness in American Motion Pictures.
Thompson, Thomas C.; Cortes, Carlos E.
This paper reports on a project to construct a computerized database of the treatment of ethnic groups and foreign nations in American motion pictures. The project is being conducted in response to a need for a scholarly examination of how film depicts these groups and nations. Since these media presentations are important influences on public perception, it is useful to assess the continuities and changes that have occurred over time and to compare these with public sentiment. Notes have been taken on over 3,000 films and film reviews. These will be coded on various descriptive variables and on subjective characteristics concerning ethnicity and nationality. Characters in the films will be judged in terms of the following variables: (1) identity; (2) function; (3) treatment; (4) physical and psychological profile;and (5) moral stature. Topics which provide insight into changing American values and taboos will be coded also. The development of the database is a multi-year project which is never-ending, given the number of motion pictures released yearly. The project is needed to illustrate how motion pictures have influenced popular images and how they contribute to global culture. (VM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, (1st, Irvine, CA, April 24-30, 1987). For other conference papers, see UD 026 041-047.