Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies

Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies

by Kobena Mercer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415906342

ISBN-13: 9780415906340

Pub. Date: 08/28/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Welcome to the Jungle brings 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 new forms of cultural expression in black…  See more details below

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Welcome to the Jungle brings 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 new 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415906340
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Black Britain and the Cultural Politics of Diaspora1
1Monster Metaphors: Notes on Michael Jackson's Thriller33
2Diaspora Culture and the Dialogic Imagination: The Aesthetics of Black Independent Film in Britain53
3Recoding Narratives of Race and Nation69
4Black Hair/Style Politics97
5Black Masculinity and the Sexual Politics of Race131
True Confessions
Racism and the Politics of Masculinity
AIDS, Racism and Homophobia
Engendered Species
6Reading Racial Fetishism: The Photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe171
Imaging The Black Man's Sex (1986)
Skin Head Sex Thing: Racial Difference and the Homoerotic Imaginary (1989)
7Dark & Lovely: Black Gay Image-Making221
8Black Art and the Burden of Representation233
9Welcome to the Jungle: Identity and Diversity in Postmodern Politics259
10"1968": Periodizing Politics and Identity287
Notes309
Bibliography325
Index335

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