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Black players: The Secret World of Black pimps Hardcover – 1973
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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This book doesn't cover everything about the pimp game, but compared to every other book out there, it's a goldmine. The game is meant to be told, not sold, so 99. Read morePublished 2 months ago by TS
Would rather have read the analysis of any aspect of black culture from a black person rather than a white lady with a degree... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Minnie Scarlet
What a great way to look at Pimpin and Ho'n from the outside in and inside out. I love the fact that this book was written as a dissertation for a Doctoral program. Read morePublished 15 months ago by C. A. Henderson
Overrated. After the hype and hearing about it through Tariq Nasheed I gave it a read but honestly it was wack.... SorryPublished 15 months ago by CSJ
Learning about the street "game" was a real eye-opener. If anyone desires to get a better picture of what the life of a pimp and a player is about, this is the book to... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Roderick Campbell
Very interesting study of the world of women, men and there relationships in the context of pimps, prostitutes, drugs and the dynamics of this whole sub culture. Excellent read! Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Derek
This book about the Life is one of a kind! If you're a player in the game, a wannabe pimp, or just want to gain knowledge of the game then grab a copy of this book.Published on December 27, 2013 by Q