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  • Series: African Amer Music in Global Perspective
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (November 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 025203662X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252036620
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,708,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 "Miles White's From Jim Crow to Jay-Z drops squarely into the Bermuda Triangle of critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, and performance studies with useful new approaches to studying rappers as ambivalent cultural exemplars of black masculine performance."--H-Net Review

"By interrogating the cultural logic through which blackness and masculinity are constructed in our society, [White] opens up possibilities for more empowering forms of representation and identification both within popular culture and in the lived experiences of race, class and gender."--PopMatters.com


 


 

 
"Invaluable. . . . Provides a clear example of how interdisciplinary approaches to African American music and culture can provide future scholars with the tools to examine the ever changing and diverse identities within the community."--Black Grooves

"[From Jim Crow to Jay-Z] takes a critical look at the portrayal of racialized machismo in modern America, and how hip-hop helps perpetuate stereotypical tropes about the African-American male. . . . Perfect for anyone who enjoys an intellectually stimulating and provocative read."--The Root


 

"White's generative approach and application are ground-breaking, innovative, and ultimately laudable."--Popular Music and Society

"A captivating study of hardcore styles of hip-hop, masculinity and the performance of the body."--Ethnic and Radical Studies

About the Author

Formerly a professional musician and entertainment journalist, Miles White teaches at City University of Seattle in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Shanahan on March 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an important study of a cultural phenomenon too easily dismissed by those who do not understand it or the role it plays in contemporary youth culture. White is a serious, even gifted, musicologist, and he's brought his formidable talents to bear on a subject laden with mine fields. One could wish that the book was not so reflective of the "cultural studies" discourse academics often find themselves confined to - talk of "social texts," "codes" and "meanings" will prove daunting to the uninitiated. But this is a valuable study that rewards those who give it the attention it deserves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ana Dubenka on February 12, 2014
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As a doctoral student, I found this book by Miles White to be truly paramount. His careful analysis of race and masculinity within hip-hop culture works as a trenchant critique of any notion of a post-racial American society, pointing to the conditions of inequity and disenfranchisement that are experienced by many individuals as a direct condition of their racial identity. By interrogating the cultural logic through which blackness and masculinity are constructed in our society, he opens up possibilities for more empowering forms of representation and identification both within popular culture and in the lived experiences of race, class and gender. This is truly a must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susie on August 29, 2014
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Thanks for the timely shipping and the great book!
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More About the Author

Miles White is a former staff writer for USA Today. He is the author of From Jim Crow to Jay-Z, a critical social-historical study of hip hop culture, and The Canvas Sextet, a collection of literary flash fiction.

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