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Manufactured Latina/o: Perceptions of Latinas/os within U.S. primetime television from 1950s to 2000s
Vazquez, Alexandria C.
De Vos, PaulaNericcio, William
This thesis examined how television portrayed the Latina/o community since its network-broadcasting inception in the 1950s to the 21st Century. This thesis delved into three select primetime programs (I Love Lucy, Chico and the Man, and Ugly Betty) that featured a Latina/o character as one of their main characters with a pivotal role in their respective show. Perceptions gained from these programs engaged with misconceptions and stereotypes of this community by either reinforcing or challenging these perpetuated images. This thesis argues that the journey towards presenting a Latina/o on television exists through the inclusion of this community in the development process and in positions of authority within the programs. This argument emerged through a critical viewing of the episodes and insight from the creators of each program. This thesis conveyed misconceptions and stereotypes promoted by television, until the 21st century when Ugly Betty directly challenged these images and seamlessly presented an inclusive Latina/o community and culture.
Arts and Letters
San Diego State University
Master of Arts (M.A.) San Diego State University, 2019
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