Black Public Sphere

ISBN-10: 0226071928

ISBN-13: 9780226071923

Edition: N/A

Authors: Black Public Sphere Collective Staff, Elizabeth Alexander, Regina Austin, Houston A. Baker, Todd Boyd

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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.
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List price: $17.95
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 7.25" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386

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 .

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