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From Jim Crow to Jay-Z – Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity - Illinois Scholarship Online
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From Jim Crow to Jay-Z: Race, Rap, and the Performance of Masculinity

Miles White


This multilayered study of the representation of black masculinity in musical and cultural performance takes aim at the reduction of African American male culture to stereotypes of deviance, misogyny, and excess. Broadening the significance of hip-hop culture by linking it to other expressive forms within popular culture, the book examines how these representations have both encouraged the demonization of young black males in the United States and abroad and contributed to the construction of their identities. The book traces black male representations to chattel slavery and American minstrels ... More

Keywords: black masculinity, African Americans, African American men, male culture, hip-hop culture, American popular culture, young black men, black male representation, hip-hop music, black music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036620
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036620.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miles White, author