Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema / Edition 2

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Overview

In this book, S. Craig Watkins examines two of the most important developments in the recent history of black cinemathe ascendancy of Spike Lee and the proliferation of "ghettocentric films" like Boyz N the Hood and Menace II Society. Representing explores a distinct contradiction in American society: at the same time that black youth have become the targets of a fierce racial backlash against crime, drugs, affirmative action, and rap music, their popular expressive cultures have become highly visible and commercially viable. Further, Watkins considers the imprint of black youth on the landscape of black filmmaking.
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Watkins (sociology, African American studies, and film, U. of Texas- Austin) examines two of the most important developments in the recent history of black cinema: the ascendency of Spike Lee, and the proliferation of "ghettocentric films" like Boyz N the Hood. He offers a fascinating look at commercial culture and shows how and why it has become a crucial site for black American youth as they struggle to empower their lives. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Leigh Raiford
This is a solid contribution to the many debates about racial authenticity, the creation of contrasting cultural narratives, and their relation of culture to formal politics, all of which fuel contemporary cultural studies.
The Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226874883
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Black Youth at Century's End 1
1 Social Conservatism and the Culture Wars 17
2 Black Youth and the Ironies of Capitalism 50
3 Black Cinema and the Changing Landscape of Industrial Image Making 77
4 Producing the Spike Lee Joint 107
5 Spike's Joint 137
6 Producing Ghetto Pictures 169
7 The Ghettocentric Imagination 196
Epilogue: The Culture Industry and the Hip Hop Generation 232
Notes 245
Bibliography 283
Index 305
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