Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415906340
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kobena Mercer is Assistant Professor in the Art History and History of Consciousness programs at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Black Britain and the Cultural Politics of Diaspora 1
1 Monster Metaphors: Notes on Michael Jackson's Thriller 33
2 Diaspora Culture and the Dialogic Imagination: The Aesthetics of Black Independent Film in Britain 53
3 Recoding Narratives of Race and Nation 69
4 Black Hair/Style Politics 97
5 Black Masculinity and the Sexual Politics of Race 131
True Confessions
Racism and the Politics of Masculinity
AIDS, Racism and Homophobia
Engendered Species
6 Reading Racial Fetishism: The Photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe 171
Imaging The Black Man's Sex (1986)
Skin Head Sex Thing: Racial Difference and the Homoerotic Imaginary (1989)
7 Dark & Lovely: Black Gay Image-Making 221
8 Black Art and the Burden of Representation 233
9 Welcome to the Jungle: Identity and Diversity in Postmodern Politics 259
10 "1968": Periodizing Politics and Identity 287
Notes 309
Bibliography 325
Index 335
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