Abstract

This study analyzed 120 episodes of Family Feud across four eras for how female and nonwhite contestants - African American, Asian American, Latine American, Multiracial, Arab American, and Pacific Islander - were portrayed in terms of five cultural stereotype categories: Success, Occupation, Intelligence, Assertiveness, and Sociability, with reactions to contestants by the hosts being taken into consideration as well. Female contestants were portrayed using stereotypes of Occupation, Assertiveness, and Sociability, but not Success or Intelligence. Similarly, African American, Latine American, and in particular Asian American contestants were also portrayed using stereotypes of Occupation, Assertiveness, and Sociability, but not Success or Intelligence. There was not enough data found on Multiracial, Arab American, and Pacific Islander contestants to draw any conclusions. How these results compare to and perpetuate cultural ideas of women and people of color in American media and why some stereotypes were prevalent in Family Feud while others were not is discussed.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2019

Mentor

Dr. Travis Linnemann

Department/Professional Affiliation

Department of Justice Studies

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Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Department

Justice Studies

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