Globalization and Race Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness

ISBN-10: 082233772X

ISBN-13: 9780822337720

Edition: 2006

Authors: Deborah A. Thomas, Kamari Maxine Clarke

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Kamari Maxine Clarke and Deborah A. Thomas argue that a firm grasp of globalization requires an understanding of how race has constituted, and been constituted by, global transformations. Focusing attention on race as an analytic category, this state-of-the-art collection of essays explores the changing meanings of blackness in the context of globalization. It illuminates the connections between contemporary global processes of racialization and transnational circulations set in motion by imperialism and slavery; between popular culture and global conceptions of blackness; and between the work of anthropologists, policymakers, religious revivalists, and activists and the solidification and globalization of racial categories. A number of the essays bring to light the formative but not unproblematic influence of African American identity on other populations within the black diaspora. Among these are an examination of the impact of "black America" on racial identity and politics in mid-twentieth-century Liverpool and an inquiry into the distinctive experiences of blacks in Canada. Contributors investigate concepts of race and space in early-twenty-first century Harlem, the experiences of trafficked Nigerian sex workers in Italy, and the persistence of race in the purportedly non-racial language of the "New South Africa." They highlight how blackness is consumed and expressed in Cuban "timba" music, in West Indian adolescent girls' fascination with "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," and in the incorporation of American rap music into black London culture. Connecting race to ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality, and religion, these essays reveal how new class economies, ideologies ofbelonging, and constructions of social difference are emerging from ongoing global transformations. "Contributors," Robert L. Adams, Lee D. Baker, Jacqueline Nassy Brown, Tina M. Campt, Kamari Maxine Clarke, Raymond Codrington, Grant Farred, Kesha Fikes, Isar Godreau, Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, Jayne O. Ifekwunigwe, John L. Jackson Jr., Oneka LaBennett, Naomi Pabst, Lena Sawyer, Deborah A. Thomas
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 7/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Kamari Maxine Clarke is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Yale University and senior research scientist at the Yale Law School. Her areas of research explore issues related to transnational religious networks, legal institutions, international criminal law, the interface between culture and power, and its relationship to the modernity of race and late capitalist globalization. Recent articles and books have focused on religious and legal movements and the related production of knowledge and power, including Mapping Yoruba Networks: Power and Agency in the Making of Transnational Communities and Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness. Her forthcoming titles are Testimonies and Transformations: Reflections on the Use of Ethnographic Knowledge and Justice in the Mirror: Law, Culture, and the Making of History. Professor Clarke has lectured in regions in the United States, Canada, South Africa, England, and the Caribbean on a wide range of topics. She is the director of the Yale Center for Transnational Cultural Analysis.

Introduction: Globalization and the Transformations of Race
Diasporic Movements, Missions and Modernities
Missionary Positions
History at the Crossroads: Vodu and the Modernization of the Dominican Borderlands
Diaspora and Desire: Gendering "Black America" in Black Liverpool
Diaspora Space, Ethnographic Space: Writing History Between the Lines
"Mama, I'm Walking to Canada": Black Geopolitics and Invisible Empires
Geograpies of Racial Belonging
Mapping Transnationality: Roots Tourism and the Institutionalization of Ethnic Heritage
Emigration and the Spatial Production of Difference from Cape Verde
Folkloric "Others": Blanqueamiento and the Celebration of Blackness as an Exception in Puerto Rico
Gentrification, Globalization, and Georaciality
Recasting "Black Venus" in the "New" African Dispora
"Shooting the White Girl First": Race in Post-aparteid South Africa
Popular Blacknesses, "Authenticity," and New Measures of Legitimacy
Havana's Timba: A Macho Sound for Black Sex
Reading Buffy and "Looking Proper": Race, Gender, and Consumption among West Indian Girls in Brooklyn
The Homegrown: Rap, Race, and Class in London
Racialization, Gender, and the Negotiation of Power in Stockholm's African Dance Courses
Modern Blackness: Progress, "America," and the Politics of Popular Culture in Jamaica
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