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- DescriptionCritics often characterize white consumption of African American culture as a form of theft that echoes the fantasies of 1950s-era bohemians, or White Negroes, who romanticized black culture as anarchic and sexually potent. In Beyond the White Negro, Kimberly Chabot Davis claims such a view fails to describe the varied politics of racial crossover in the past fifteen years. Davis analyzes how white engagement with African American vels, film narratives, and hip-hop can help form anti-racist attitudes that may catalyze social change and racial justice. Though ackwledging past failures to establish cross-racial empathy, she focuses on examples that show avenues for future progress and change. Her study of ethgraphic data from book clubs and college classrooms shows how engagement with African American culture and pedagogical support can lead to the kinds of white self-examination that make empathy possible. The result is a groundbreaking text that challenges the trend of focusing on society's failures in achieving cross-racial empathy and instead explores possible avenues for change.
- Author BiographyKimberly Chabot Davis is an associate professor of English at Bridgewater State University. She is the author of Postmodern Texts and Emotional Audiences.
- Author(s)Kimberly Chabot Davis
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication23/06/2014
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Content Note5 black and white photographs, 4 tables
- Weight558 g
- Width3971 mm
- Height5983 mm
- Spine25 mm
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