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Black Public Sphere

ISBN-10: 0226071928
ISBN-13: 9780226071923
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Description: During the 1980s and 1990s the black public sphere has expanded in reach and complexity even as progressive black political agendas have been and continue to be shattered and social programs gutted. Today, African Americans find themselves more  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 355
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

During the 1980s and 1990s the black public sphere has expanded in reach and complexity even as progressive black political agendas have been and continue to be shattered and social programs gutted. Today, African Americans find themselves more highly integrated into American life than ever before, and yet, in many ways they are still as thoroughly segregated as at any time during this century. To think about the black public sphere we have to be willing to rethink the relationship between markets and freedom, commodity and identity, property and pleasure. This book provides more sophisticated approaches to matters historically consigned to inadequate rubrics--"the Negro problem," "subcultures," "minorities," "inner city," and "multicultural." While these rubrics constrict and stereotype, the analytic potential of the black public sphere is that it facilitates new ways to discuss democratic values and citizenship.

Houston Baker is one of the most persistent voices in African American literary criticism, one that has helped to establish a tradition in black literature from slave narratives and spirituals to blues and modern African American writing. He is a frequent contributor to literary journals, author and editor of numerous books, and a leading mover in the diversification of American literature.

Melissa R. Klapper is a professor of history, Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ.Todd Boyd is Professor of Critical Studies in the USC School of Cinema-Television. His books include Am I Black Enough for You? Popular Culture from the 'Hood and Beyond and, as co-editor, Basketball Jones: America above the Rim , available from NYU Press. He produced and co-wrote the Paramount Pictures film The Wood .

Preface
The Black Public Sphere Collective
The Black Public Sphere Critical Memory and the Black Public Sphere Houston
Malcolm X and the Black Public Sphere: Conversionists versus Culturalists Manthia Diawara
"After the Love Has Gone": bio-politics and etho-poetics in the black public sphere Paul Gilroy
"Can You Be BLACK and Look at This?": Reading the Rodney King Video(s) Elizabeth Alexander Photo Essays Hope Reclaimed: South African Elections May 1994
Refuge Refused: Haitians, Borders, and Democracy Negotiating and Transforming the Public Sphere: African American Political Life in the Transition from Slavery to Freedom Elsa Barkley Brown Race
Identity, and Political Activism: The Shifting Contours of the African
American Public Sphere Steven Gregory Black Cinderella?: Race and the Public Sphere in Brazil Michael Hanchard
Photo Essay
Black Global Public Spheres
A Black Counterpublic?: Economic Earthquakes, Racial Agenda(s), and Black Politics
"A Nation of Thieves": Consumption, Commerce, and the Black Public Sphere
X Marks the Spot: The Ambiguities of African Trading in the Commerce of the Black Public Sphere
Culture versus Commerce: The Marketing of Black Popular Music Reebee Garofalo
Check Yo Self, Before You Wreck Yo Self: Variations on a Political Theme in Rap Music and Popular Culture
Todd Boyd
University Presses and the Black Reader
Elizabeth Maguire Afterword: Mapping the Black Public Sphere
Index

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