Scripting the Black Masculine Body : Identity, Discourse, and Racial Politics in Popular Media
Scripting the Black Masculine Body traces the origins of Black body politics in the United States and its contemporary manifestations in popular cultural productions. From early blackface cinema through contemporary portrayals of the Black body in hip-hop music and film, Ronald L. Jackson II examines how African American identities have been socially constructed, constituted, and publicly understood, and argues that popular music artists and film producers often are complicit with Black body stereotypes. Jackson offers a communicative perspective on body politics through a blend of social scientific and humanities approaches and offers possibilities for the liberation of the Black body from its current ineffectual and paralyzing representations.
- Hardback | 189 pages
- 157.5 x 231.1 x 17.8mm | 362.88g
- 01 Jan 2006
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Annotated edition
- Total Illustrations: 0
"This topic is central to the field of communication, and Jackson is advancing a significant amount of innovation into the discussion of the Black body. He integrates historical and contemporary illustrations into his argument, grasps existing scholarship, and does so with an engaging writing style."
About II Professor Ronald L. Jackson
Ronald L. Jackson II is Professor of Media and Cinema Studies, as well as Professor and Head of African American Studies, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the editor of African American Communication and Identities: Essential Readings.