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This multilayered study of the representation of black masculinity in musical and cultural performance takes aim at the reduction of African American male culture to stereotypes of deviance, misogyny, and excess. Broadening the significance of hip-hop culture by linking it to other expressive forms within popular culture, Miles White examines how these representations have both encouraged the demonization of young black males in the United States and abroad and contributed to the construction of their identities._x000B__x000B_From Jim Crow to Jay-Z traces black male representations to chattel slavery and American minstrelsy as early examples of fetishization and commodification of black male subjectivity. Continuing with diverse discussions including black action films, heavyweight prizefighting, Elvis Presley's performance of blackness, and white rappers such as Vanilla Ice and Eminem, White establishes a sophisticated framework for interpreting and critiquing black masculinity in hip-hop music and culture. Arguing that black music has undeniably shaped American popular culture and that hip-hop tropes have exerted a defining influence on young male aspirations and behavior, White draws a critical link between the body, musical sound, and the construction of identity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Seriies Page, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Shadow and Act: American Popular Music and the Absent Black Presence
  2. pp. 9-18
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  1. 2. The Fire This Time: Black Masculinity and the Politics of Racial Performance
  2. pp. 19-31
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  1. 3. Affective Gestures: Hip-hop Aesthetics, Blackness, and the Literacy of Performance
  2. pp. 32-62
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  1. 4. Real Niggas: Black Men, Hard Men, and the Rise of Gangsta Culture
  2. pp. 63-88
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  1. 5. Race Rebels: Whiteness and the New Masculine Desire
  2. pp. 89-126
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 127-134
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 135-136
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 137-146
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  1. References
  2. pp. 147-154
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 155-164
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  1. About the Author, Further Reading, Publication Information
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252093678
Print ISBN
9780252036620
MARC Record
OCLC
779775777
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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