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Thug Life: Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-hop (Hardback)

Michael Jeffries

Edité par The University of Chicago Press, United States, 2011
ISBN 10: 0226395847 / ISBN 13: 9780226395845
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Titre : Thug Life: Race, Gender, and the Meaning of ...

Éditeur : The University of Chicago Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2011

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

Edition : New..

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Hip-hop has come a long way from its origins in the Bronx in the 1970s, when rapping and DJing were just part of a lively, decidedly local scene that also venerated break-dancing and graffiti. Now hip-hop is a global phenomenon and, in the United States, a massively successful corporate enterprise predominantly controlled and consumed by whites while the most prominent performers are black. How does this shift in racial dynamics affect our understanding of contemporary hip-hop, especially when the music perpetuates stereotypes of black men? Do black listeners interpret hip-hop differently from white fans? These questions have dogged hip-hop for decades, but unlike most pundits, Michael Jeffries finds answers by interviewing everyday people. Instead of turning to performers or media critics, Thug Life focuses on the music s fans - young men, both black and white - and the resulting account avoids romanticism, offering an unbiased examination of how hip-hop works in people s daily lives. As Jeffries weaves the fans voices together with his own sophisticated analysis, we are able to understand hip-hop as a tool listeners use to make sense of themselves and society as well as a rich, self-contained world containing politics and pleasure, virtue and vice. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780226395845

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Synopsis : Hip-hop has come a long way from its origins in the Bronx in the 1970s, when rapping and DJing were just part of a lively, decidedly local scene that also venerated break-dancing and graffiti. Now hip-hop is a global phenomenon and, in the United States, a massively successful corporate enterprise predominantly controlled and consumed by whites while the most prominent performers are black. How does this shift in racial dynamics affect our understanding of contemporary hip-hop, especially when the music perpetuates stereotypes of black men? Do black listeners interpret hip-hop differently from white fans? These questions have dogged hip-hop for decades, but unlike most pundits, Michael Jeffries finds answers by interviewing everyday people. Instead of turning to performers or media critics, "Thug Life" focuses on the music's fans - young men, both black and white - and the resulting account avoids romanticism, offering an unbiased examination of how hip-hop works in people's daily lives. As Jeffries weaves the fans' voices together with his own sophisticated analysis, we are able to understand hip-hop as a tool listeners use to make sense of themselves and society as well as a rich, self-contained world containing politics and pleasure, virtue and vice.

Critique: "Thug Life is a finely developed and sophisticated analysis of the complex terrain that is hip-hop. Jeffries' interdisciplinary scope is impressive; in addition to cultural criticism, elements of sociology, cultural history, literary criticism, and culture industry analysis inform the book, making it a fascinating read on several levels." - S. Craig Watkins, University of Texas at Austin"

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