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Author Jhally, Sut.
Title Enlightened racism : the Cosby show, audiences, and the myth of the American dream / Sut Jhally and Justin Lewis.
Imprint Boulder : Westview Press, 1992.

Series Cultural studies
Cultural studies.
Subject Cosby show (Television program : 1984-1992)
African Americans on television.
Television broadcasting -- United States -- Influence.
Television viewers -- United States.
Public opinion -- United States.
United States -- Race relations -- Public opinion.
Alt Name Lewis, Justin, 1958-
Description xvii, 152 pages ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-146) and index.
ISBN 0813314186 (alk. paper)
0813314194 (pbk.)
OCLC # 25317799
Table of Contents
 List of Tables 
1Introducing The Cosby Show1
  Cosby: The Case For3
  Cosby: The Case Against6
  Asking the Audience8
  Synopsis of The Cosby Show Episode Shown to Respondents12
2Television and Reality: How Real Is The Cosby Show?15
  Talking About Reality17
  The Absence and Presence of Class23
  Cosby Contradictions27
  The World According to Cosby30
3The Success of Cosby35
  White Viewers and Popularity: The Same and Different36
  "They're Things That Happen Day by Day"38
  "It Has That Kind of Airbrushed Quality About It"41
  "It's Always Family Matters"43
  "The Cosby Show's Black, and That Fits"46
  Black Viewers and Popularity: "Thank You, Dr. Cosby, for Giving Us Back Ourselves"48
  "When I Look at Them, I Look at Us"50
  "What Kind of Question Is That for Black Folk?"53
  Looking on the Bright Side56
4Black Experience: Images, Illusions, and Social Class57
  Black Images: The Case of the Disappearing Black Working Class58
  Black Reality: The Permanent Underclass and Increasing Poverty61
  The Race-Class Nexus64
  Class and Social Mobility68
5Class and the Myth of the American Dream71
  Misrepresentations and Misconceptions71
  Television and the "American Dream"72
  Class Consciousness: The View from Above75
  Class Consciousness: The View from Below78
  The Displacement of Class onto Race81
  Stereotyping: The Limits of Conventional Thinking83
  The Fictional Creation of a Racially Just Society86
6White Responses: The Emergence of "Enlightened" Racism93
  The Insidious Return of Racism93
  Definitions of Black: Color Versus Culture95
  The Black and White Cosby Show98
  Now You See It, Now You Don't101
  Biology Versus Culture108
  The Consequences of Classlessness109
7Black Responses: The Hollow Images of Success113
  The Bad News113
  Race and Class in Black Situation Comedies117
  Positive Images and the Search for Prosperity121
  The Battle for Respect124
  Clinging to the American Dream127
8Conclusion: Unpopular Messages in an Age of Popularity131
  Affirming Inaction in White Viewers135
  Rethinking Stereotypes138
  Moving Beyond the American Dream139
 About the Book and Authors147