The iconic ghetto on British television
Black representation and Top Boy
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This chapter explores the importance of the concept of the iconic ghetto, examining its discursive importance in reproducing racism. It explains a critical discourse analysis of Top Boy to understand how the iconic ghetto is reproduced throughout the show. As one of the handful of black majority cast shows, Top Boy has an important role in framing how black communities are portrayed on British television. The relentless image of crime and poverty on the estate discursively binds the black community to the ghetto. The basis of the iconic ghetto portrayed throughout the show becomes apparent and is captured in the number of themes. They include the proliferation of poverty; crime and violence agency, a lack of female agency; and ultimately, blame cast on black communities for the problems the show exaggerates.

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