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Black players: The Secret World of Black pimps Hardcover – 1973

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Richard Milner is an Associate in Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, contributing editor at "Natural History "magazine, and Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. Author of three award-winning books on evolution, he has published articles in "Scientific American "and other science magazines and has been featured on the History, Discovery, and Animal Planet channels, as well as on BBC Two and "Nova. " Milner has performed his one-man musical Charles Darwin: Live & In Concert in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and in Darwin's beloved Galapagos Islands. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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  • Hardcover: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st edition (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316574112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316574112
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,548,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To validate flawed political doctrines such as cultural determinism and feminism, generations of anthropologists have ventured to deserts, jungles and other remote, dangerous and inhospitable corners of the world in an effort to discover (or, if necessary, fabricate) the existence of a society in which traditional western sex-roles are reversed. The enterprise has been singularly unsuccessful (see Why Men Rule: A Theory of Male Dominance; and The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why an Invented Past Won't Give Women a Future).

However, back in the 70s, Milner and Milner, two American anthropologists, discovered precisely what their colleagues have been searching for in vain right in America's own backyard - or rather back-streets - namely the world of pimps and 'hos'. Here, women are the "economic providers" and "a man may spend hours a day on his hair, clothes and toilette while his women are out working to support the household" (Milner and Milner 1973: p5).

Of course, since pimp culture has now been popularised by generations of rappers, the "secret world" promised by the title may be more familiar to modern readers than on the book's first publication (though even then blaxploitation films had introduced the pimp archtype). However, the picture created in rap lyrics is necessarily so comically caricatured out of all recognition that the Milners' exploration of the reality remains as revelatory as ever.
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Milner, a white graduate student at Berkeley, working for years as a stripper in San Francisco wrote this personal and academic study of pimp culture in the Bay Area during the late 60s. As a stripper working in establishments with "player's club" sections, she had ready access to lounging pimps eager to add her to their "stable". From a dependable factual foundation of dozens of participating pimps, she writes a study amazing in scope and readable detail.

When I claim wide scope, I mean the richness of subjects spans anthropology, social psychology, and sociology. In an eye opening chapter she explains the culture's patriarchal ideology, catechism, and symbols. Drawing from Scripture, the pimps narrate the fall of Adam and Eve, reworking the story to become a symbol of the defeat of mankind by woman. The story propels a pimp system of beliefs that asserts "square" society--all of us but them--is ruled by women and pimp culture is the last bastion of male domination in the Western world. I was invigorated by this new approach to gender relations. The claims are outrageous but these men are living their bluster, and that will make them credible enough for you to rethink to your relationship to the other gender.

That's enough material to make for amazing reading but it's just introductory. A large section will not disappoint--it's probably more than you could hope when you first sought a pimp studies book. In instructional detail, the mechanisms for controlling hos are explained. For any square the psychology of control is not intuitive. Pimps do not shy away from violence but the method of operation is psychological submission. The pimp must be a master of manipulation because the relationship between pimp and ho is an inversion of gender role.
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This book was the product of an anthropological study regarding both the lifestyles and subculture of San Francisco Bay Area pimps and their prostitutes. Given the fact that the authors befriended many of the local pimps prior to interviewing them they were able to obtain a lot of information that would otherwise have been unavailable. In short, this book gives us a truly unique look at one of America's most controversial subcultures.
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This is the book that anyone, anyone, Anyone who wants to know about the game should start out with. I read this book in a research library then purchased it. It is the only book that I have ever seen that truly depicts the life objectively and fairly. Thorough, factual, multi-faceted, "real," and scholarly. This book is truly worth $100.00.
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This book is more than just a book about pimps doing dirt, smackin' women and committing vile acts. This book delves deep into the psychology of what pimping really is and helps one to compare it to everyday male-female relationships. It humanizes the pimp culture and forces you to see the brains behind these pimps who are often seen as less than.
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Really grateful to get this book/knowledge without paying three hundred dollars to purchase from these other sellers. Tariq Nasheed re-realeased the book, but the former publishers made him change the font at the last minute, and it shows. The text reflow is atrocious. Words skip all around the pages, so much so that I just put the book down and gave up and went to the school library to read the original. still love the brother and his positivity with sharing the game (450+ free podcasts and counting), but
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