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"In Stare in the Darkness, Lester K. Spence brings an essential degree of clarity and precision to our understandings of popular culture and political expression. This book is engaging and nuanced, and it will enrich in an original fashion our understanding of hip-hop as well as black politics." —Richard Iton, author of In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era



"Stare in the Darkness offers brilliant insight into the political realities of contemporary black life. More importantly though, Stare in the Darkness is remixed, chopped and screwed in ways that hip-hop heads will certainly love and more than a few social scientists will find great value in." —Mark Anthony Neal, coeditor of That’s the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader

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Lester K. Spence is assistant professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; First Printing edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816669880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816669882
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 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: #196,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lester Spence is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. His specialties include black politics, racial politics, urban politics, public opinion, and American political thought. Interested in studying and contesting the reproduction of inequality, his work has appeared in both academic journals (including the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, Political Analysis, the WEB Dubois Review, and the National Political Science Review), and in the popular press (Urbanite Magazine, Salon.com, Africana.com, TheRoot.com, the Washington Post, thegrio.com). He is currently at work on a new book examining the neoliberal turn in black politics.

The 2009 recipient of Johns' Hopkins prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award (given yearly to the best teacher as judged by faculty, staff, alumni, and students), Dr. Spence is known for his ability to not only explain complex information in ways that diverse populations can understand and appreciate, but also for his willingness to mentor students.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Afrikan Beauty on July 17, 2011
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We often discuss the political impact of hip hop culture, particularly because of its growing popularity. However, it is rare to find a book that discusses politics and hip hip in a quantitative manner. This book uses political science's framework and methods to detail a relationship between rap music, hip hop culture and politics in the U.S. This book is a great read that could be easily read by a variety of audiences. It provides a different prospective to both the study of Black politics and rap music. This book introduces a new ideological framework of neoliberalism and detail its relationship with rap music. It does not leave any stone uncovered. While it discusses the impact of rap music on political attitude acceptance, it also discusses the commercialization of the genre and the impact that has had on rap music and production. Finally, this author discuss how politicians have used hip hop for symbolism and to gain votes, such as President Obama and former Mayor of Detroit Kilpatrick. A Must read!!! The author adds a new perspective to the relationship between rap music, hip hop culture and politics in America. It is a great book and contributes to the fields of politics, black studies, american studies, and cultural studies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack M. on August 20, 2013
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The author provided the reader with a very well articulated overview and fusion of how politics and hip-hop apply in a 21st century society.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alithia on May 6, 2015
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makes apparent comparisons of political affiliations and applies them to people who don't vote. lol. Lester Spence reminds me of why our black intellectuals are so important, they are on the front lines of all things that affect black communities. There is no way Hip-Hop culture can be considered politically isolated when all politics in existens in this country wither involve or affect us.
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