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Ghettonation: Dispatches from America's Culture War Paperback – September 9, 2008
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In this cheeky, heartfelt and hip exploration of all things "ghetto," author and journalist Daniels (Black Power, Inc.) begins by mocking Paris Hilton's use of the term on reality TV and works her way into an empathetic, insightful consideration of what Americans mean-and what they should mean-when they call something "ghetto." She approaches the topic through interviews with people from all walks of life: "knuckleheads" on her corner in Brooklyn, friends and coworkers, academics, high-school students and anyone else willing to converse on this complex, potentially troublesome subject. The result is not an academic analysis; rather, nostalgia, outrage, humor and bewilderment stand front and center, along with personal investment (beginning in earnest with her prologue, "I am Ghetto"). The result is a work quite different from that of other race writers such as Cornell West or Michael Eric Dyson; Daniels' casual, extemporaneous tone keeps this sophisticated work accessible to a wide audience who might not be willing to engage a more academic offering. Despite Daniels's sometimes flip approach (playful "That's So Ghetto" lists end each chapter), those looking for more substantial analysis will not be disappointed, especially in her later chapters.
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Daniels, author of Black Power Inc. (2004), focuses on the ghetto, not as a place but as a mind-set. Thanks to the profit motives of corporate America, the ghetto as a mind-set, reflecting values and lifestyles, has gone mainstream. From the Ivy League-educated movie star who lauds women learning to work poles like strippers to the white multimillionaire who denies parentage when the DNA test proves he's the "baby daddy," Daniels highlights the crossover trend of "being ghetto." She also explores the intraracial complexities of being ghetto among blacks, noting that actions and values are more determinative than economic status. Daniels is at her best when she examines the substantial class-induced conditions that generate hopelessness and low expectations that fuse the ghetto mind-set and the need to address the social conditions that produce the ghetto culture. Daniels cautions that when urban cultural genius marries capitalism, the result is popularizing and mass marketing of the kind of behavior that causes those with more middle-class sensibilities to cringe. This is a compelling look at modern cultural forces. Vernon Ford
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The topics: sometimes funny, sometimes interesting, sometimes a bit redundant.
I think Cora Daniels does a good job explaining elements of modern culture that glamourize that which wouldnt have been seen as glamorous in a different day in age (i.e. rap lyrics, love affairs, high priced materials on lease, etc.) But she also tries to put the ghetto stamp on practically everything (i.e. people who recite a rap phrase, bill clinton for having an affair, listening to your radio on loud). The credibility of her argument suffers from some of these disconnects between what is really ghetto and what is not.
I would recommend you read this if you like reading essays on pop culture but please be warned: she will try and make you feel like everything modern is ghetto.
And that in itself is kinda ghetto.
I pretty much caught on to the book through a blog on the author Cora Daniels, with Ghetto Nation as the controversial topic. Sho-nuff, there were enough respones made in all "ghetto" manner, where to me, clearly made "Ghetto Nation" a subject worth much more interest. Living and working in "ghetto environments" often made me wonder why as a young, Black American, I felt (no offense to who's reading)"trapped" in the very surroundings I should feel proud to call "home". Reading this book let me know that I wasn't alone.
For the first time in my life, Ghetto Nation was a book that I've read from cover to cover, almost non-stop, and finsihed in under a week. (I feel so proud of myself)All chapters were highly intriguing, yet some things do stand out. For me, my favorite highlights were the intro, which gives you the complete breakdown of the word "ghetto". Also, Chapter 4, talking about modern-day relationships, Chapter 5, discussing the (sort-of)"loss" of families in America, and Chapter 6, (this is a fun one)where you kinda eavesdrop on what's now a "typical" conversation across the ghettos of our great nation. Without a doubt, the best highlight, as anyone who reads the book will tell you, are the "That's So Ghetto" lists.
Cora Daniels is a great author, and a great journalist. I plan on collecting all of her books already on shelves, and in the works. You MUST read Ghetto Nation, It's definitely a converation piece worth talking about to your peers.