Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism / Edition 1

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In Black Sexual Politics, one of America's most influential writers on race and gender explores how images of Black sexuality have been used to maintain the color line and how they threaten to spread a new brand of racism around the world today.

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In a book of sophisticated critical theory that could be used as a tool for antiracist political action, Collins (Charles Phelps Taft Professor of Sociology, Univ. of Cincinnati; Black Feminist Thought) asserts that "racism and sexism are deeply intertwined, and racism can never be solved without seeing and challenging sexism." Thus, African Americans must examine how sexual politics within black communities either reproduce or resist forms of racism. Like Stuart Hall's Representation: Cultural Representations & Signifying Practices or Mark Anthony Neal's Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic, this well-written text argues that images from popular culture shape ideas about black gender. For example, traditional stereotypes such as "the breeder woman" found in the slave-holding South have been reworked into the "welfare queen" of today's inner cities. Collins's razor-sharp analysis is unfortunately hampered by an exclusive focus on black/white social interactions, whereas contemporary American society is marked by multiculturalism. This is, however, an important work. Strongly recommend for public and academic libraries.-Katherine C. Adams, Bowdoin Coll., Brunswick, ME Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415951500
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 225,806
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Hill Collins is Distinguished University Professor at University of Maryland. She is author of Black Feminist Thought, which won the C. Wright Mills Award of the American Sociological Association, as well as Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice. She lectures widely in the U.S. and abroad.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: No Turning Back 1
Pt. I African Americans and the New Racism
1 Why Black Sexual Politics? 25
2 The Past Is Ever Present: Recognizing the New Racism 53
3 Prisons for Our Bodies, Closets for Our Minds: Racism, Heterosexism, and Black Sexuality 87
Pt. II Rethinking Black Gender Ideology
4 Get Your Freak On: Sex, Babies, and Images of Black Femininity 119
5 Booty Call: Sex, Violence, and Images of Black Masculinity 149
6 Very Necessary: Redefining Black Gender Ideology 181
Pt. III Toward a Progressive Black Sexual Politics
7 Assume the Position: The Changing Contours of Sexual Violence 215
8 No Storybook Romance: How Race and Gender Matter 247
9 Why We Can't Wait: Black Sexual Politics and the Challenge of HIV/AIDS 279
Afterword: The Power of a Free Mind 303
Notes 309
Glossary 349
Bibliography 353
Index 367
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