Black British Culture and Society: A Text Reader

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Social Science - 561 pages
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Black British Culture and Society brings together in one indispensable volume key writings on the Black community in Britain, from the 'Windrush' immigrations of the late 1940s and 1950s to contemporary multicultural Britain. Combining classic writings on Black British life with new, specially commissioned articles, Black British Culture and Society records the history of the post-war African and Caribbean diaspora, tracing the transformations of Black culture in British society.
Black British Culture and Society explores key facets of the Black experience, charting Black Britons' struggles to carve out their own identity and place in an often hostile society. The articles reflect the rich diversity of the Black British experience, addressing economic and social issues such as health, religion, education, feminism, old age, community and race relations, as well as Black culture and the arts, with discussions of performance, carnival, sport, style, literature, theatre, art and film-making. The contributors examine the often tense relationship between successful Black public figures and the media, and address the role of the Black intellectual in public life. Featuring interviews with noted Black artists and writers such as Aubrey Williams, Mustapha Matura and Caryl Phillips, and including articles from key contemporary thinkers, such as Stuart Hall, A. Sivanandan, Paul Gilroy and Henry Louis Gates, Black British Culture and Society provides a rich resource of analysis, critique and comment on the Black community's distinctive contribution to cultural life in Britain today.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CLASSIC TEXTS FROM POSTWAR NARRATIVES
21
1 THE 19511955 CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT AND THE RACIALIZATION OF BLACK IMMIGRATION
23
2 THE OCCASION FOR SPEAKING
40
3 TIMEHRI
46
4 THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY IN BRITAIN
52
5 DESTROY THIS TEMPLE
61
6 THE LIBERATION OF THE BLACK INTELLECTUAL
73
23 DUB POET LEKKA MI
293
24 CONVENTIONAL FOLLY
314
25 RACE GENDER AND IQ
320
26 UNDERSTANDING THE POORER HEALTH OF BLACK PEOPLE IN BRITAIN
338
27 BLACK BRITAINS ECONOMIC POWER MYTH OR REALITY?
352
28 CARNIVAL THE STATE AND THE BLACK MASSES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
361
29 VIRGINITY REVAMPED
377
30 MOTHERS OF AFRICA AND THE DIASPORA
391

7 WHITE WOMAN LISTEN
86
8 WOMAN ABUSE IN LONDONS BLACK COMMUNITIES
94
9 BLACK HAIRSTYLE POLITICS
117
10 BLACK OLD AGE
129
11 FRONTLINES AND BACKYARDS
135
CRITICAL ELEMENTS OF A BLACK BRITISH CULTURAL DISCOURSE
140
12 DOUBLE CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE BLACK BRITISH ATHLETE
142
13 THE FINAL PASSAGE
171
BLACK LONDON
183
BLADES OF FRUSTRATION
195
16 HOME IS ALWAYS ELSEWHERE
209
17 THAT LITTLE MAGIC TOUCH
221
18 BLACK PHOTOGRAPHIC PRACTICE
235
19 A JOURNEY FROM THE COLD
246
20 BLACK ART
257
21 TER SPEAK IN YER MUDDER TONGUE
275
22 THE LONG MARCH FROM ETHNIC ARTS TO NEW INTERNATIONALISM
286
31 BLACK MASCULINITY
407
32 MENTORING BLACK MALES IN MANCHESTER
419
CULTURAL STUDIES AND BLACK POLITICAL DEBATE
428
33 OPENINGS ABSENCES AND OMISSIONS
430
34 THE FORMATION OF A DIASPORIC INTELLECTUAL
441
35 THE STRUGGLE FOR A RADICAL BLACK POLITICAL CULTURE
453
36 THE COMMISSION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY AND THE POLITICS OF RACE RELATIONS
463
DIASPORA AND NEW TRAJECTORIES OF GLOBALIZATION
475
37 THE BLACK ATLANTIC AS A COUNTERCULTURE OF MODERNITY
477
38 JOURNEYING TO DEATH
492
39 A CONVERSATION WITH AUBREY WILLIAMS
505
40 WRITING HOME
531
41 FOOTPRINTS OF A MOUNTAINEER
543
42 HARVESTING THE FOLKLORIC INTUITION
567
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS
595
INDEX
600
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Kwesi Owusu is a freelance lecturer, writer and film-maker and editor of Black British Culture and Society.

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