She's Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn Paperback
Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn
She's Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in BrooklynAuthor: Oneka LabennettPublisher: New York University PressCategory: Popular Culture, Social Discrimination, Gender Studies: Women, Black & Asian Studies, Age Groups: Adolescents, Social & Cultural Anthropology, Teenagers: Advice For ParentsAge Group: 15+Book Format: Paperback
Overwhelmingly, Black teenage girls are negatively represented in national and global popular discourses, either as being at risk for teenage pregnancy, obesity, or sexually transmitted diseases, or as helpless victims of inner city poverty and violence. Such popular representations are pervasive and often portray Black adolescents' consumer and leisure culture as corruptive, uncivilized, and pathological.
In She's Mad Real, Oneka LaBennett draws on over a decade of researching teenage West Indian girls in the Flatbush and Crown Heights sections of Brooklyn to argue that Black youth are in fact strategic consumers of popular culture and through this consumption they assert far more agency in defining race, ethnicity, and gender than academic and popular discourses tend to acknowledge. Importantly, LaBennett also studies West Indian girls' consumer and leisure culture within public spaces in order to analyze how teens like China are marginalized and policed as they attempt to carve out places for themselves within New York's contested terrains.
Table Of ContentsAcknowledgments 1 Consuming Identities: Toward a Youth Culture-Centered Approach to West Indian Transnationalism 2 "Our Museum": Mapping Race, Gender, and West Indian Transnationalism 3 Dual Citizenship in the Hip-Hop Nation: Gender and Authenticity in Black Youth Culture 4 "I Think They're Looking for a Skinny Chick!": Girls and Boys Consuming Racialized Beauty 5 Conclusion: Placing Gendered and Generational Notions of West Indian Success Notes Bibliography Index About the Author
About Oneka LabennettOneka LaBennett is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University.
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