Modern Blackness

Modern Blackness
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Author: Deborah A. Thomas
Pages: 357
ISBN: 0822334194
Release: 2004-11-29
Editor: Duke University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

DIVAn ethnographic study of cultural policy in Jamaica as seen from above and below in relation to race, class, and nation./div

Modern Blackness

Modern Blackness
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Author: Deborah A. Thomas
Pages: 372
ISBN: 9780822386308
Release: 2004-11-08
Editor: Duke University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Modern Blackness is a rich ethnographic exploration of Jamaican identity in the late twentieth century and early twenty-first. Analyzing nationalism, popular culture, and political economy in relation to one another, Deborah A. Thomas illuminates an ongoing struggle in Jamaica between the values associated with the postcolonial state and those generated in and through popular culture. Following independence in 1962, cultural and political policies in Jamaica were geared toward the development of a multiracial creole nationalism reflected in the country’s motto: “Out of many, one people.” As Thomas shows, by the late 1990s, creole nationalism was superseded by “modern blackness”—an urban blackness rooted in youth culture and influenced by African American popular culture. Expressions of blackness that had been marginalized in national cultural policy became paramount in contemporary understandings of what it was to be Jamaican. Thomas combines historical research with fieldwork she conducted in Jamaica between 1993 and 2003. Drawing on her research in a rural hillside community just outside Kingston, she looks at how Jamaicans interpreted and reproduced or transformed on the local level nationalist policies and popular ideologies about progress. With detailed descriptions of daily life in Jamaica set against a backdrop of postcolonial nation-building and neoliberal globalization, Modern Blackness is an important examination of the competing identities that mobilize Jamaicans locally and represent them internationally.

Displacing Blackness

Displacing Blackness
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Author: Ted Rutland
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781487518240
Release: 2018-04-13
Editor: University of Toronto Press

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Modern urban planning has long promised to improve the quality of human life. But how is human life defined? Displacing Blackness develops a unique critique of urban planning by focusing, not on its subservience to economic or political elites, but on its efforts to improve people’s lives. While focused on twentieth-century Halifax, Displacing Blackness develops broad insights about the possibilities and limitations of modern planning. Drawing connections between the history of planning and emerging scholarship in Black Studies, Ted Rutland positions anti-blackness at the heart of contemporary city-making. Moving through a series of important planning initiatives, from a social housing project concerned with the moral and physical health of working-class residents to a sustainability-focused regional plan, Displacing Blackness shows how race – specifically blackness – has defined the boundaries of the human being and guided urban planning, with grave consequences for the city’s Black residents.

The Condemnation of Blackness

The Condemnation of Blackness
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Author: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9780674054325
Release: 2010-07-15
Editor: Harvard University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Chronicling the emergence of deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals by explicit contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants, this fascinating book reveals the influence such ideas have had on urban development and social policies.

Dark Matters

Dark Matters
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Author: Simone Browne
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780822375302
Release: 2015-09-17
Editor: Duke University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In Dark Matters Simone Browne locates the conditions of blackness as a key site through which surveillance is practiced, narrated, and resisted. She shows how contemporary surveillance technologies and practices are informed by the long history of racial formation and by the methods of policing black life under slavery, such as branding, runaway slave notices, and lantern laws. Placing surveillance studies into conversation with the archive of transatlantic slavery and its afterlife, Browne draws from black feminist theory, sociology, and cultural studies to analyze texts as diverse as the methods of surveilling blackness she discusses: from the design of the eighteenth-century slave ship Brooks, Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon, and The Book of Negroes, to contemporary art, literature, biometrics, and post-9/11 airport security practices. Surveillance, Browne asserts, is both a discursive and material practice that reifies boundaries, borders, and bodies around racial lines, so much so that the surveillance of blackness has long been, and continues to be, a social and political norm.

Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity

Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity
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Author: Lindon Barrett
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780252095290
Release: 2013-12-30
Editor: University of Illinois Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The unfinished manuscript of literary and cultural theorist Lindon Barrett, this study offers a genealogy of how the development of racial blackness within the mercantile capitalist system of Euro-American colonial imperialism was constitutive of Western modernity. Masterfully connecting historical systems of racial slavery to post-Enlightenment modernity, this pathbreaking publication shows how Western modernity depended on a particular conception of racism contested by African American writers and intellectuals from the eighteenth century to the Harlem Renaissance.

The Predicament of Blackness

The Predicament of Blackness
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Author: Jemima Pierre
Pages: 263
ISBN: 9780226923024
Release: 2013
Editor: University of Chicago Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

What is the meaning of blackness in Africa? While much has been written on Africa’s complex ethnic and tribal relationships, Jemima Pierre’s groundbreaking The Predicament of Blackness is the first book to tackle the question of race in West Africa through its postcolonial manifestations. Challenging the view of the African continent as a nonracialized space—as a fixed historic source for the African diaspora—she envisions Africa, and in particular the nation of Ghana, as a place whose local relationships are deeply informed by global structures of race, economics, and politics. Against the backdrop of Ghana’s history as a major port in the transatlantic slave trade and the subsequent and disruptive forces of colonialism and postcolonialism, Pierre examines key facets of contemporary Ghanaian society, from the pervasive significance of “whiteness” to the practice of chemical skin-bleaching to the government’s active promotion of Pan-African “heritage tourism.” Drawing these and other examples together, she shows that race and racism have not only persisted in Ghana after colonialism, but also that the beliefs and practices of this modern society all occur within a global racial hierarchy. In doing so, she provides a powerful articulation of race on the continent and a new way of understanding contemporary Africa—and the modern African diaspora.

Globalization and Race

Globalization and Race
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Author: Kamari Maxine Clarke,Deborah A. Thomas
Pages: 407
ISBN: 082233772X
Release: 2006
Editor: Duke University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A collection that theorizes how global political and economic changes have influenced the ways in which people of African descent represent and contemplate their identities.

Medicalizing Blackness

Medicalizing Blackness
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Author: Rana A. Hogarth
Pages: 290
ISBN: 9781469632889
Release: 2017-09-26
Editor: UNC Press Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In 1748, as yellow fever raged in Charleston, South Carolina, doctor John Lining remarked, "There is something very singular in the constitution of the Negroes, which renders them not liable to this fever." Lining's comments presaged ideas about blackness that would endure in medical discourses and beyond. In this fascinating medical history, Rana A. Hogarth examines the creation and circulation of medical ideas about blackness in the Atlantic World during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She shows how white physicians deployed blackness as a medically significant marker of difference and used medical knowledge to improve plantation labor efficiency, safeguard colonial and civic interests, and enhance control over black bodies during the era of slavery. Hogarth refigures Atlantic slave societies as medical frontiers of knowledge production on the topic of racial difference. Rather than looking to their counterparts in Europe who collected and dissected bodies to gain knowledge about race, white physicians in Atlantic slaveholding regions created and tested ideas about race based on the contexts in which they lived and practiced. What emerges in sharp relief is the ways in which blackness was reified in medical discourses and used to perpetuate notions of white supremacy.

Performing Blackness on English Stages 1500 1800

Performing Blackness on English Stages  1500 1800
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Author: Virginia Mason Vaughan
Pages: 190
ISBN: 052184584X
Release: 2005-05-12
Editor: Cambridge University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

An unusual study of the tradition of blackface in stage performance.

NACLA Report on the Americas

NACLA Report on the Americas
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Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: UOM:49015003035269
Release: 2005
Editor: Routledge

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The Black Atlantic

The Black Atlantic
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Author: Paul Gilroy
Pages: 261
ISBN: 0860916758
Release: 1993
Editor: Verso

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

An account of the location of black intellectuals in the modern world following the end of racial slavery. The lives and writings of key African Americans such as Martin Delany, W.E.B. Dubois, Frederick Douglas and Richard Wright are examined in the light of their experiences in Europe and Africa.

Who s Afraid of Post Blackness

Who s Afraid of Post Blackness
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Author: Touré
Pages: 251
ISBN: 9781439177556
Release: 2011-09-13
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Drawing on his own experience, as well as interviews with more than 100 black Americans--including Henry Louis Gates Jr., Malcolm Gladwell, Chuck D, Soledad O-Brien, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Aaron McGruder and more--the author explores what it means to be black in a post-2008 United States. By the author of Never Drank the Kool-Aid

Transnational Blackness

Transnational Blackness
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Author: M. Marable,Vanessa Agard-Jones
Pages: 366
ISBN: 9780230615397
Release: 2008-09-29
Editor: Springer

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Black intellectuals in the US have long thought of racism as a global phenomenon. This book presents, for the first time, a full overview of the history, critical analysis and theoretical perspectives of key black scholars and activists on the transnational dynamics of modern race and racism throughout the world.

In the Wake

In the Wake
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Author: Christina Sharpe
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780822373452
Release: 2016-10-21
Editor: Duke University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this original and trenchant work, Christina Sharpe interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of Black life that comprise what she calls the "orthography of the wake." Activating multiple registers of "wake"—the path behind a ship, keeping watch with the dead, coming to consciousness—Sharpe illustrates how Black lives are swept up and animated by the afterlives of slavery, and she delineates what survives despite such insistent violence and negation. Initiating and describing a theory and method of reading the metaphors and materiality of "the wake," "the ship," "the hold," and "the weather," Sharpe shows how the sign of the slave ship marks and haunts contemporary Black life in the diaspora and how the specter of the hold produces conditions of containment, regulation, and punishment, but also something in excess of them. In the weather, Sharpe situates anti-Blackness and white supremacy as the total climate that produces premature Black death as normative. Formulating the wake and "wake work" as sites of artistic production, resistance, consciousness, and possibility for living in diaspora, In the Wake offers a way forward.

The Politics of Blackness

The Politics of Blackness
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Author: Gladys Mitchell-Walthour
Pages: 266
ISBN: 9781107186101
Release: 2017-11-30
Editor: Cambridge University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This book uses an intersectional approach to analyze the impact of the experience of race on Afro-Brazilian political behavior in the cities of Salvador, So Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. Using a theoretical framework that takes into account racial group attachment and the experience of racial discrimination, it seeks to explain Afro-Brazilian political behavior with a focus on affirmative action policy and Law 10.639 (requiring that African and Afro-Brazilian history be taught in schools). It fills an important gap in studies of Afro-Brazilian underrepresentation by using an intersectional framework to examine the perspectives of everyday citizens. The book will be an important reference for scholars and students interested in the issue of racial politics in Latin America and beyond.

Converging Identities

Converging Identities
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Author: Julius Adekunle,Hettie V. Williams
Pages: 334
ISBN: 1611631378
Release: 2013
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Converging Identities is a volume of sixteen essays analyzing the issues of blackness and identity of the African Diaspora in global perspective, but focusing on the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. Given the historical factors that prompted Africans to populate different parts of the world, the subject of blackness as a form of identity becomes relevant. In modern times, blackness and identity are popular subject matters in view of the historic election of Barack Obama as the President of the United States of America in 2008. Converging Identities provides a stimulating and enlightening perspective to blackness and identity of the African Diaspora.

Tradition s Not an Intelligence Thing

 Tradition s Not an Intelligence Thing
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Author: Deborah A. Thomas
Pages: 1022
ISBN: OCLC:47784407
Release: 2000
Editor: Unknown

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Film Blackness

Film Blackness
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Author: Michael Boyce Gillespie
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9780822373889
Release: 2016-08-19
Editor: Duke University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In Film Blackness Michael Boyce Gillespie shifts the ways we think about black film, treating it not as a category, a genre, or strictly a representation of the black experience but as a visual negotiation between film as art and the discursivity of race. Gillespie challenges expectations that black film can or should represent the reality of black life or provide answers to social problems. Instead, he frames black film alongside literature, music, art, photography, and new media, treating it as an interdisciplinary form that enacts black visual and expressive culture. Gillespie discusses the racial grotesque in Ralph Bakshi's Coonskin (1975), black performativity in Wendell B. Harris Jr.'s Chameleon Street (1989), blackness and noir in Bill Duke's Deep Cover (1992), and how place and desire impact blackness in Barry Jenkins's Medicine for Melancholy (2008). Considering how each film represents a distinct conception of the relationship between race and cinema, Gillespie recasts the idea of black film and poses new paradigms for genre, narrative, aesthetics, historiography, and intertextuality.

Black Issues in Higher Education

Black Issues in Higher Education
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Author: Anonim
Pages: 329
ISBN: UVA:X006162700
Release: 2005-02
Editor: Unknown

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