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Many black strategies of daily resistance have been obscured--until now. Race rebels, argues Kelley, have created strategies of resistance, movements, and ...
Many black strategies of daily resistance have been obscured--until now. Race rebels, argues Kelley, have created strategies of resistance, movements, and entire subcultures. Here, for the first time, everyday race rebels are given the historiographical attention they deserve, from the Jim Crow era to the present.
Quarterly Black Review In a prose that is clear, full of real-world illustrations and sometimes outright funny, [Kelley] does something increasingly rare: he maintains political commitment while appreciating various kinds of aesthetic, social and political differences (rebel, rebel).
The Dallas Weekly This book is smart, noble, and potentially restorative. Read it, we need to.
Choice A wide-ranging, challenging book that deserves attention by anyone seriously interested in African American culture.
Darlene Clark Hine author of The State of Afro-American History: Past, Present & Future Race Rebels is African American history at its challenging and transformative best. Robin D. G. Kelley's exquisite interweaving of cultural and political dynamics illuminates obscure and unseen sites of Black working-class resistance throughout the 20th century. This is an extraordinary and provocative book.
Cornel West Robin Kelley is the preeminent historian of black popular culture writing today.
Posted April 11, 2000
Kelley introduces an entire new definition of subversion by the black working class. He creates an understanding that clarifies the role of the black working class as they struggled to free themselves from the majority domination in America. Kelley's look at the 'moving theatures' provides a small glimpse into the everyday struggle of the black working class involving public transportation. This is perhaps his strongest chapter. Kelley's explination of the 'Zoot Suit' era as typical protest also sheds light on those fascinating years. When all is said this is an excellent history of the black working class.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2000
I'm blown away by the possibilities that this book has opened for race-based academic work and sociocultural interpretation. Prof. Kelley takes a transhistorical look out how working-class blacks performed counterhegemonic acts in the face of gross racism and classism. This book reminded me of bell hooks' stronger essays in the ways that it makes scholarly theory seem like poetry. In an age where polemicists often pit race- and class-based analyses against each other, this book is a breath of fresh air. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to see African-American history and cultural rewritten with a new and provocative vision.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 15, 2012
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