Black Like Who?: Writing Black Canada

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Insomniac Press, 2003 - Social Science - 187 pages
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Rinaldo Walcott's groundbreaking study of black culture in Canada, Black Like Who?, caused such an uproar upon its publication in 1997 that Insomniac Press has decided to publish a second revised edition of this perennial best-seller. With its incisive readings of hip-hop, film, literature, social unrest, sports, music and the electronic media, Walcott's book not only assesses the role of black Canadians in defining Canada, it also argues strenuously against any notion of an essentialist Canadian blackness. As erudite on the issue of American super-critic Henry Louis Gates' blindness to black Canadian realities as he is on the rap of the Dream Warriors and Maestro Fresh Wes, Walcott's essays are thought-provoking and always controversial in the best sense of the word. They have added and continue to add immeasurably to public debate.
 

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Contents

Still Writing Blackness
11
Writing Blackness After
25
1 Going to the North
31
2 A Tough Geography
43
3 Desiring to Belong?
57
4 No Language is Neutral
73
5 The Politics of Third Cinema in Canada
89
6 Black Subjectivities
101
7 Keep on Movin
113
8 After Origins
131
9 Scattered Speculations on Canadian Blackness
145
Notes
157
BibliographyDiscographyFilmography
171
Index
183
Acknowledgements
189
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Page 23 - As an alternative to the metaphysics of "race," nation, and bounded culture coded into the body, diaspora is a concept that problematizes the cultural and historical mechanics of belonging. It disrupts the fundamental power of territory to determine identity by breaking the simple sequence of explanatory links between place, location, and consciousness (Gilroy 2000: 123).

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Rinaldo Walcott is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

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