Cultural Moves: African Americans and the Politics of Representation / Edition 1

Cultural Moves: African Americans and the Politics of Representation / Edition 1

by Herman S. Gray
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520233743

ISBN-13: 9780520233744

Pub. Date: 02/14/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

Herman Gray takes a sweeping look at black popular culture over the past decade to explore culture's role in the push for black political power and social recognition.
In a series of linked essays, he finds that black artists, scholars, musicians, and others have been instrumental in reconfiguring social and cultural life in the United States and he

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Herman Gray takes a sweeping look at black popular culture over the past decade to explore culture's role in the push for black political power and social recognition.
In a series of linked essays, he finds that black artists, scholars, musicians, and others have been instrumental in reconfiguring social and cultural life in the United States and he provocatively asks how black culture can now move beyond a preoccupation with inclusion and representation.

Gray considers how Wynton Marsalis and his creation of a jazz canon at Lincoln Center acted to establish cultural visibility and legitimacy for jazz. Other essays address such topics as the work of the controversial artist Kara Walker; the relentless struggles for representation on network television when those networks are no longer the primary site of black or any other identity; and how black musicians such as Steve Coleman and George Lewis are using new technology to shape and extend black musical traditions and cultural identities.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520233744
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/14/2005
Series:
American Crossroads Series
Pages:
257
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Strategies, Tactics, Moves

PART I. STRATEGIES
1. The New Conditions of Black Cultural Production
2. Jazz Tradition,
Institutional Formation, and Cultural Practice
3. The Jazz Left

PART II. TACTICS
4. Where Have All the Black Shows Gone?
5. Television and the Politics of Difference
6. Different Dreams, Dreams of Difference
7. Cultural Politics as Outrage(ous)

PART III. MOVES
8. Is (Cyber) Space the Place?
9. Music, Identity, and New Technology

Conclusion: Cultural Moves
Notes
Bibliography

Index

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