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Signifyin(g), Sanctifyin', & Slam Dunking: A Reader in African American Expressive Culture

  

from: University of Massachusetts Press

 : Signifyin(g), Sanctifyin', & Slam Dunking: A Reader in African American Expressive Culture
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Binding: Paperback
Brand: Brand: University of Massachusetts Press
EAN: 9781558491830
Feature: Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN: 155849183X
Item Dimensions: 950625162125
Label: University of Massachusetts Press
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: University of Massachusetts Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 467
Publication Date: October 12, 1999
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Studio: University of Massachusetts Press

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Observers of American society have long noted the distinctive contribution of African Americans to the nation's cultural life. We find references to African American music and dance, black forms of oral expression, even a black style of playing basketball. But what do such terms really mean? Is it legitimate to talk about a distinct African American aesthetic, or is this simply a vestige of an outmoded racial essentialism? What makes a particular form of cultural expression "black" other than the fact that some African Americans may practice it? These are some of the questions addressed in the readings gathered in this volume by Gena Dagel Caponi. The essays, some previously published and others new, spring from a variety of disciplines and cover a broad range of topics, from the communal ritual of the ring shout to the evolution of rap to the improvisational genius of Michael Jordan. While each piece focuses on a different aspect of African American expressive culture, together they reveal a set of creative principles, techniques, and practices―a cultural aesthetic―that is remarkably consistent and resilient.



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