Spectacular Vernaculars: Hip-Hop and the Politics of Postmodernism

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Music - 197 pages
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Viewing hip-hop as the postmodern successor to African American culture's Jazz modernism, this book examines hip-hop music's role in the history of the African-American experience.

  

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Contents

Gettin Present as an Art A Signifying Hipstory of Hiphop
25
Postmodernity and the Hiphop Vernacular
55
The Pulse of the Rhyme Flow Hiphop Signifying and the Politics of Reception
81
HistorySpectacleResistance
107
Are You Afraid of the Mix of Black and White? Hiphop and the Spectacular Politics of Race
131

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Page 9 - The overall impact of postmodernism is that many other groups now share with black folks a sense of deep alienation, despair, uncertainty, loss of a sense of grounding even if it is not informed by shared circumstance. Radical postmodernism calls attention to those shared sensibilities which cross the boundaries of class, gender, race, etc., that could be fertile ground for the construction of empathy - ties that would promote recognition of common commitments, and serve as a base for solidarity...
Page 1 - It is sadly ironic that the contemporary discourse which talks the most about heterogeneity, the decentered subject, declaring breakthroughs that allow recognition of Otherness, still directs its critical voice primarily to a specialized audience that shares a common language rooted in the very master narratives it claims to challenge. If radical postmodernist thinking is to have a transformative impact, then a critical break with the notion of "authority" as "mastery over" must not simply be a rhetorical...

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Russell A. Potter is Assistant Professor of English at Colby College. He hosts a weekly radio program, Roots-n-Rap, in Waterville, Maine.

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