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That's the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader 2nd Edition

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"Hip-hop, like all living artistic expression, constantly regenerates, turning innovation into convention, ‘datcourse’ into discourse, vernacularisms into commodity or the precious art object. As this second edition of the groundbreaking That’s the Joint! shows, hip-hop scholarship has done the same: moving, grooving, breaking, and sampling the best ideas from an interdisciplinary community theater of writers whose insights chart a vibrant sector of the American musical landscape."

--Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania

"A standard bearer text in Hip Hop Studies. Sweeping in scope and rigorous in analyses."

--T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Distinguished Professor of African American Diaspora Studies and French, Vanderbilt University

"I'm going use this book when I teach US history to high school students from now on. In the past decade there's been a mania for all the music and fashions of the early 1980's, which none of the aficionados are old enough to remember. It would be wonderful for them to learn where it all originated."

--Ben Wolinsky, Blogger on Olive Branch United

About the Author

Murray Forman is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University. He is the author of The 'Hood Comes First: Race, Space, and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop (Wesleyan University Press, 2002) and the forthcoming One Night on TV is Worth Weeks at the Paramount: Popular Music on Early Television (Duke University Press, 2012). He is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship.

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University. He is the author of four books, What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1998), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002), Songs in the Keys of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (2003), and New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005), all published by Routledge. Neal hosts the weekly webcast, "Left of Black" in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University. A frequent commentator for National Public Radio, Neal maintains a blog at NewBlackMan (http://newblackman.blogspot.com). You can follow him on Twitter @NewBlackMan.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 776 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (August 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415873266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415873260
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.6 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deborah A. Dessaso on January 20, 2013
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I applaud authors Forman and Neal for this book. Too many young people are clueless to the fact that hip hop is more than gangsta rappers in baggy pants and foul lyrics. In fact, gangstas represent only a small segment of the culture, although the public tends to see more of this because--face it--it sells. But if you want a global perspective on what is perhaps the most influential cultural development the world has seen in a long time, That's the Joint is a good place to start! I'm teaching a college course on "Writing the Thug," and this is a suggested reading.
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Never had any idea about the extensive history and timeline of the cultural phenomenon that is Hip Hop. I love every page of this rich book. I pull out hip hop facts all the time and everyone is super impressed.
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If you are doing a research paper on any topic involving either hip-hop or even social issues discussed in hip-hop such as crime, gender inequality, masculinity, culture of poverty etc this is a great tool. I bought it thinking I would have a book I could read front to back but it should not be read like that. But an awesome tool with many thought provoking articles.
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Clear that this edited volume was rushed to print. Publication date got moved back a few times. Problem with books like this on Hip Hop culture, is that Hip Hop moves so fast that many of the pieces, while interesting become aged very quickly. Not to say the more "historical" pieces won't continue to be relevant, but that some of the understandings of people, places, etc., can and have changed in a few short years since those chapters/articles were yanked in to this volume. Pretty good organization of materials but really hard to justify purchase when so many of the articles are going to be easily accessible to University Students.
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By Micaela on September 18, 2012
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The book is really awsom! Particularly Jorge Flores' article, i was impressed about it. It describes puerto rican's hidden rol in hip hop history, and blames the medias for its contribution in giving the wrong or imcomplete message. Thanks!
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That's The Joint: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader edited by Murray Forman and Mark Anthony Neal addresses prominent issues in gender, sexuality, and regionalism. Using authors from interdisciplinary backgrounds, the editors create a dynamic and diverse range of opinions and impacts. Based on selected reading and our targeted focuses, the text prevents hip-hop from being the saving grace of black culture by presenting arguments that indicate its flaws and contradictions. This allows for the reader to interpret the varying representations that hip-hop offers.
Andrea Clay, Marc Lamont Hill, Michael Eric Dyson and Byron Hurt explore how homosexuality is considered the opposite of masculinity and how this idea affects both men and women. Hyper masculinity is a prevalent concept in American culture. We celebrate and glamorize violent masculinity, from football players to the military. Leaders need to be aggressive and "strong" to garner positive public attention. In hip-hop, the most popular videos and lyrics are about men dominating women. Hill discusses how if men fail to achieve hypermasculinity they're accused of homosexuality, and such an accusation often hurts their careers. Dyson and Hurt take time to discuss black women as well, though their focus is male identity. Dyson shows how the patriarchy maintains control over women by sorting them into "types" or using them as objects. The in-depth interview covers men, women and gender roles, with a smidge of queer theory. What Dyson neglects to mention about queer black women Clay fills in, as a queer woman herself. She observes how queer women may identify with the masculinity in hip-hop, although she doesn't mention why lesbian couples feel they must subscribe to heterosexual stereotypes.
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