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Democracy Remixed Black Youth and the Future of American Politics

ISBN-10: 0195378008
ISBN-13: 9780195378009
Edition: 2010
Authors: Cathy J. Cohen
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Book details

List price: $18.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/16/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Since at least the 1960s, the impact of black youth on American politics has been dramatically disproportionate to its small population size and lack of electoral clout. Their influence likes in their undeserved status as the stand-in image for the larger pathologies of American culture and society: teenage pregnancy, street crime, the crack epidemic, the urban crisis, and "gangsta" culture, to name a few. That image has been central to some of the bitterest battles between leftand right in recent times. They have factored heavily in contests over welfare policy, affirmative action, busing, the culture wars, and the fallout from the social turmoil of the 1960s. And despite whatever racial progress there has been in recent years, the status of black youth remains for many abellwether indicator of social decline. But it is not just whites who adhere to this view; older blacks like Bill Cosby do as well. As Cathy Cohen demonstrates, these misconceptions are not merely inaccurate; they have also undermined the struggle for racial equality. For the past few years, Cohen has been running the Black Youth Project, a groundbreaking and sophisticated national survey of the opinions and experiences of black youth in America. She will discuss the very real socialproblems that do exist in the social worlds of young blacks, but her primary purpose is to paint the most complex and nuanced portrait of this population to date. Taking us through the election of Barack Obama, Cohen shows us how young blacks really live, what they really think about politics andsociety, and how the entrenched structural barriers they face-and which often go unmentioned by those who see America as 'postracial'-are the real problem. Featuring vivid stories and and a hard-hitting argument, Cohen's book will change how we think about black youth in America.

"My Petition": Black Youth and the Promise of Democratic Citizenship
"Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It": Bill Cosby, Don Imus, and Black Moral Panics
"Baby Mama": Black Love, Black Deviance, and the Sexual Politics of Morality
"Minority Report": Kanye West, Barack Obama, and Political Alienation
"Fight the Power": From Jena to the White House
"My President Is Black": Barack Obama and the Postracial Illusion
"A Change Is Gonna Come": Policy and Politics
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