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Welcome to the Jungle : New Positions in Black Cultural Studies - Kobena Mercer

Welcome to the Jungle

New Positions in Black Cultural Studies

Hardcover Published: 8th August 1994
ISBN: 9780415906340
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 18 years old

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Welcome to the Junglebrings a black British perspective to the critical reading of a wide range of cultural texts, events and experiences arising from volatile transformations in the politics of ethnicity, sexuality and "race" during the 1980s. The ten essays collected here examine forms of cultural expression in black film, photography and visual art exerging with a new generation of black British artists, and interprets this prolific creativity within a sociological framework that reveals fresh perspectives on the bewildering complexity of identity and diversity in an era of postmodernity. Kobena Mercer documents a wealth of insights opened up by the overlapping of Asian, African and Caribbean cultures that constitute Black Britain as a unique domain of diaspora. As a result of the turbulent displacements of the 1980s, new forms of hybrid identity came out of the margins while others were progressively de-centered. Looking at the United States and Britain as societies ofthe black diaspora, ambiguous manifestations of this dynamic are critically examined across a variety of surfaces from Michael Jackson's ethnic androgyny to the cut'n'mix profusion of post-essentialist sensibility expressed in the medium of black hairstyles.

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"A passionate and detailed history of the New Black British Cultural Studies by one of the major players in its making. In its attention to "the formal and strategic aesthetics of hybridity," and to the differences and alliances between Black US and Black British, this book is indeed "intranational and outernational.."" -Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Black Britain and the Cultural Politics of Diasporap. 1
Monster Metaphors: Notes on Michael Jackson's Thrillerp. 33
Diaspora Culture and the Dialogic Imagination: The Aesthetics of Black Independent Film in Britainp. 53
Recoding Narratives of Race and Nationp. 69
Black Hair/Style Politicsp. 97
Black Masculinity and the Sexual Politics of Race: True Confessions (with Isaac Julien); Racism and the Politics of Masculinity; AIDS, Racism and Homophobia; Engendered Speciesp. 131
Reading Racial Fetishism: The Photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe Imaging The Black Man's Sex (1986) Skin Head Sex Thing: Racial Difference and the Homoerotic Imaginary (1989)p. 171
Dark & Lovely: Black Gay Image-Makingp. 221
Black Art and the Burden of Representationp. 233
Welcome to the Jungle: Identity and Diversity in Postmodern Politicsp. 259
"1968": Periodizing Politics and Identityp. 287
Notesp. 309
Bibliographyp. 325
Indexp. 335
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ISBN: 9780415906340
ISBN-10: 0415906342
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 8th August 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 1

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