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Thug Life: Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-Hop

Jeffries, Michael P.

Published by University Of Chicago Press
ISBN 10: 0226395855 / ISBN 13: 9780226395852
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Title: Thug Life: Race, Gender, and the Meaning of ...

Publisher: University Of Chicago Press

Binding: Soft cover

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2011. Paperback. Hip-hop has come a long way from its origins in the Bronx in the 1970s, when rapping and Djing were just part of a lively, decidedly local scene that also venerated break-dancing and graffiti. Focusing on the music's fans - young men, both black and white, this book offers an unbiased examination of how hip-hop works in people's daily lives. Num Pages: 272 pages, 3 halftones, 2 tables. BIC Classification: 1H; 1KBB; AVGR; JFCA; JFSL3. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly. Dimension: 228 x 154 x 15. Weight in Grams: 430. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780226395852

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Synopsis: Hip-hop has come a long way from its origins in the Bronx in the 1970s, when rapping and DJing were just part of a lively, decidedly local scene that also venerated b-boying and graffiti. Now hip-hop is a global phenomenon and, in the United States, a massively successful corporate enterprise predominantly controlled and consumed by whites while the most prominent performers are black. How does this shift in racial dynamics affect our understanding of contemporary hip-hop, especially when the music perpetuates stereotypes of black men? Do black listeners interpret hip-hop differently from white fans?

These questions have dogged hip-hop for decades, but unlike most pundits, Michael P. Jeffries finds answers by interviewing everyday people. Instead of turning to performers or media critics, Thug Life focuses on the music's fans--young men, both black and white--and the resulting account avoids romanticism, offering an unbiased examination of how hip-hop works in people's daily lives. As Jeffries weaves the fans' voices together with his own sophisticated analysis, hip-hop is revealed as a tool listeners use to make sense of the world, as well as a rich, self-contained culture containing politics, pleasure, virtue, and vice.

About the Author: Michael P. Jeffries is the Sidney R. Knafel Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences at Wellesley College.

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