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Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought Hardcover – March 29, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1ST edition (March 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691114056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691114057
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,647,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Winner of the 2005 Best Book Award in Racial and Ethnic Political Identities, Ideologies and Theories Category; Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association
Co-Winner of the 2005 W.E.B. Du Bois Book Award, National Conference of Black Political Scientists

"[A]n invaluable addition to the African American politics canon. . . . [This book] is well written and original in its conception, and it represents a remarkable achievement. It will undoubtedly generate more work in the future that probes the sources and character of black political thought, as well as the ability of ordinary black folk to think for themselves."--Richard Iton, Perspectives on Politics

"The book convincingly demonstrates that there are many aspects of black ideology and opinion, a fact that is necessarily overlooked in conventional analyses of voting patterns, partisan affiliation, or interest group involvement."--Choice

"The book impressively weaves multiple research methods to provide a comprehensive understanding of black political ideology. . . . By following Harris-Lacewell's example of paying close attention to the intersection of race and other forms of social stratification, we could better understand how the meaning of blackness and the 'Black agenda' is constructed within the black community."--Patricia Hill Collins, Ethnic and Racial Studies

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Winner of the 2005 Best Book Award, Racial and Ethnic Political Identities, Ideologies and Theories Category of the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section, American Political Science Association.

Co-Winner of the 2005 W.E.B. Du Bois Book Award, National Conference of Black Political Scientists


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ursula Osborne on November 9, 2009
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I was curious what the author, who teaches Politics and American Studies at Princeton University had to say. She was raised Unitarian Universalist (UU), is still a UU and also a Christian. "As a black woman I find it impossible to ignore that it was the spirit of love, accepted by enslaved black people in stories and theology of Christianity that pointed the way out of no way. My search for truth has led me to study at Union Theological seminary. I still stand in open mouthed wonder as I try to understand how black people in America came to believe in a loving, benevolent and just God when there was so little empirical evidence to back that claim," said Melissa Haris-Lacewell, the author. In barbershops, churches and on Black Cable Television Television(BET), African American every talk and political thought evolve. That is where the work of identity and interest identification take place. The book is important for anyone striving to comprehend contemporary political issues
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27 of 40 people found the following review helpful By David C. Robinson on July 23, 2007
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After seeing the author interviewed on Bill Moyers' show, I was really looking forward to the book. I was disappointed in how much it read like a text book; it was very dry and more of a chore to read than a pleasure. She did her research, she developed a cogent point of view, but delivered it academically.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jon Anderson on April 16, 2009
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I more prefer books written more accessibly -- this one's written like a college paper. Still, the information it holds is very good and and excellent source for conversations about race in America.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mistermaxxx08 HALL OF FAME on October 22, 2010
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it took me some time to track this book down and upon doing that, it truly covered alot of area and made for a good solid read
i enjoyed the views and depth presented and the book is very interesting.
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