Scripting the Black Masculine Body: Identity, Discourse, and Racial Politics in Popular Media

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SUNY Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Social Science - 189 pages

2007 Everett Lee Hunt Award presented by the Eastern Communication Association

Traces the origins of Black body politics in the United States and its contemporary manifestations in hip-hop music and film.

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.

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. Mark P. Orbe, author of Constructing Co-Cultural Theory: An Explication of Culture, Power, and Communication

Jackson raises concerns that are at the heart of communication scholarship, and his questions are central to the study of popular culture, the reproduction of racism, and the cultivation of complex identities. Oscar H. Gandy Jr., author of Communication and Race: A Structural Perspective

 

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Contents

Race and Corporeal Politics
1
1 Origins of Black Body Politics
9
Exploring Process
49
3 Black Masculine Scripts
73
Exploring the Hypertext of Black Sexuality in HipHop Music and Pimp Movies
103
5Toward an Integrated Theoryof Black Masculinity
127
The RevolutionWill Not Be Televised
143
Notes
153
References
157
Index
171
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About the author (2006)

Ronald L. Jackson II is Professor of Media & Cinema Studies as well as Professor and Head of African American Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the editor of African American Communication and Identities: Essential Readings.