Black Children in Hollywood Cinema

Cast in Shadow

  • Debbie Olson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 209-229

About this book


This book explores cultural conceptions of the child and the cinematic absence of black children from contemporary Hollywood film. Debbie Olson argues that within the discourse of children’s studies and film scholarship in relation to the conception of “the child,” there is often little to no distinction among children by race—the “child” is most often discussed as a universal entity, as the embodiment of all things not adult, not (sexually) corrupt. Discussions about children of color among scholars often take place within contexts such as crime, drugs, urbanization, poverty, or lack of education that tend to reinforce historically stereotypical beliefs about African Americans. Olson looks at historical conceptions of childhood within scholarly discourse, the child character in popular film and what space the black child (both African and African American) occupies within that ideal.


Representation Marginalization African American Children Hollywood Cinema Childhood Studies Racialization black studies African American studies African American cinema

Authors and affiliations

  • Debbie Olson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishMissouri Valley CollegeMarshallUSA

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