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The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back: Youth, Activism and Post-Civil Rights Politics Hardcover – July 2, 2012

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“The very concept of youth culture and resistance has become such a sociological cliché that in the face of such resistance we often respond with cynicism. Clay’s important The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back cuts through this cynicism, allowing the hip-hop generation to speak for themselves about their humanity and the world that they are making for themselves and their communities.”-Mark Anthony Neal,editor of That’s the Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader

"This engaging work demonstrates that despite common stereotypes, youth today are committed to bringing about social change by using popular culture. Relevant for sociology and African American, urban studies, ethnic, and American studies collections."-Choice ,

“We are left with a deeper appreciation of the imprint youths make in the grassroots world of social change.”-Amy L. Best,American Journal of Sociology

The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back is a unique and important study of youth activism today. Clay skillfully uses the insights of young people to provide a detailed depiction and explanation of how young people are creating and engaging in social activism in the 21st century. This is an essential book to read for anyone interested in and concerned with youth organizing and activism.”-Cathy J. Cohen,author of Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics

“Andreana Clay's insightful study of activism among youth of color masterfully shows the ways that teenagers are politically active in their schools and communities. Rejecting stereotypes of Black, Latino and Asian youth as apathetic and causing social problems, this book shows us their commitment to fight for social change. A profoundly optimistic book, The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back provides a fascinating glimpse of the optimism and resilience of the next generation of leaders who are essential to America's future.”-Patricia Hill Collins,author of From Black Power to Hip Hop

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Andreana Clay is Associate Professor of Sociology at San Francisco State University.

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