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black cultural studies

MAY JOSEPH


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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631207535.1997.x


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The notion of a black cultural studies is both problematic and locatable in a specific set of critical and cultural practices. While there is no definition of the term “black cultural studies,” a wide range of W ritings , theories, cultural work, and performances have emerged as an informally defined area of inquiry within what has come to be called C ultural studies . Such D iscourses have been related to the histories and C ultures of peoples historically invoked and produced as “black” or, at other times, more loosely as “Third World,” in a postindependence, post-colonial and post-Civil Rights framework. A black cultural studies addresses the interests, concerns, ideologies, and contexts of black cultural work within a national and global context. While no particular set of theories proposes a separate area called black cultural studies, the analysis and critique of work dealing with questions of R ace and I deology , race and C ulture , race and material practice, race and G ender , emerged out of and within the absences and legacies of existing critical and cultural studies. Where race was merely incidental to the axis around which different trajectories of cultural studies emerged, a black cultural studies accounts for the ways race plays a crucial part within feminist, Marxist, psychoanalytic, and postcolonial theories of culture. There are different contingent developments ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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