Essay: Ethnicity as a Central Theme in Boston Legal

Ethnicity also emerges as a central theme in Boston Legal. The show uses satire and parody to ridicule the government’s reluctance in embracing ethnic diversity and the insistence on political ideology.

Macionis notes that ethnic affiliation does not empower or limit individual potential. It however has a profound effect on identity and self-pride. The show depicts positive ethnicity that defines identity and self-pride. Macionis reckons that political ideology fosters negative ethnicity with phrases such as ‘the politically correct statement would be…’ (Macionis, 2002 p 312)

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