Yo' Mama's Disfunktional Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America

ISBN-10: 0807009415

ISBN-13: 9780807009413

Edition: 1998

Authors: Robin D. G. Kelley

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"It is not too much or too early to call Robin D. G. Kelley a leading black historian of the age. But it may not be enough." -Paul Buhle, Monthly Review In this vibrant, thought-provoking book, Kelley, "the preeminent historian of black popular culture writing today" (Cornel West) shows how the multicolored urban working class is the solution to the ills of American cities. He undermines widespread misunderstandings of black culture and shows how they have contributed to the failure of social policy to save our cities. "A salvo in response to the latest conservative efforts to mine the familiar battery of statistics in search of proof that African-Americans belong at the bottom of society. Kelley, a historian, turns his considerable skill toward public policy and perceptions." -William Jelani Cobb, Emerge "Kelley's crafted a funny, fast-paced tour of recent and long-standing debates about the quality, form, and function of black life, an interdisciplinary performance that has him kicking up dust across all kinds of boundaries. . . . Kelley doesn't skimp on historical detail or intellectual rigor; best of all, he can play the dozens with the best of them." -The Village Voice Literary Supplement "Kelley writes about culture, politics, Negrocons, disgruntled former leftists, and contemporary activists with intelligence, passion, insight, and great humor. This important, fluid book makes it clear that Kelley's genius is his ability to bring complex ideas down to earth and simultaneously make them transcendent." -Jill Nelson, author of Straight, No Chaser: How I Became a Grown-Up Black Woman
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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 9/17/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Introduction
Looking for the "Real" Nigga: Social Scientists Construct the Ghetto
Looking to get Paid: How Some Black Youth Put Culture to Work
Looking Backward: The Limits of Self-Help Ideology
Looking Extremely Backward: Why the Enlightenment Will Only Lead Us into the Dark
Looking Forward: How the New Working Class Can Transform Urban America
Epilogue: Looking B(l)ackward: 2097-1997
Notes
Props, Respect, and Love
Index
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