Welcome to the Jungle: New Positions in Black Cultural Studies

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Psychology Press, 1994 - Art - 339 pages
Welcome to the Jungle brings a black British perspective to the critical reading of a wide range of cultural texts, events and experiences arising from volatile transformations in the politics of ethnicity, sexuality and "race" during the 1980s. The ten essays collected here examine new forms of cultural expression in black film, photography and visual art exerging with a new generation of black British artists, and interprets this prolific creativity within a sociological framework that reveals fresh perspectives on the bewildering complexity of identity and diversity in an era of postmodernity. Kobena Mercer documents a wealth of insights opened up by the overlapping of Asian, African and Caribbean cultures that constitute Black Britain as a unique domain of diaspora.
 

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Contents

Notes on Michael Jacksons
33
Recoding Narratives of Race and Nation
69
Black HairStyle Politics
97
True Confessions with Isaac Julien Racism and
159
Racial Difference and
189
Black Gay ImageMaking
221
Homoerotic Imaginary 1989
227
Black Art and the Burden of Representation
233
Identity and Diversity in
259
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Kobena Mercer is Assistant Professor in the Art History and History of Consciousness programs at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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