The Hip-hop Generation Fights Back

The Hip-hop Generation Fights Back

Youth, Activism, and Post-civil Rights Politics

Book - 2012
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New York Univ Pr
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From youth violence, to the impact of high stakeseducational testing, to editorial hand wringing over the moral failures ofhip-hop culture, young people of color are often portrayed as gang affiliated,“troubled,” and ultimately, dangerous. The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back examineshow youth activism has emerged to address the persistent inequalities thataffect urban youth of color. Andreana Clay provides a detailed account of thestrategies that youth activists use to frame their social justice agendas andorganize in their local communities.

Based on two years of fieldwork with youth affiliated withtwo non-profit organizations in Oakland, California,The Hip-Hop Generation Fights Back shows how youth integrate the historyof social movement activism of the 1960s, popular culture strategies likehip-hop and spoken word, as well as their experiences in the contemporary urbanlandscape, to mobilize their peers.  Ultimately, Clay’s comparison of thetwo youth organizations and their participants expands our understandings ofyouth culture, social movements, popular culture, and race and ethnicrelations. 

Baker & Taylor
"A critical reader of the history of marriage understands that it is an institution that has always been in flux. It is also a decidedly complicated one, existing simultaneously in the realms of religion, law, and emotion. And yet recent years have seen dramatic and heavily waged battles over the proposition of including same sex couples in marriage. Just what is at stake in these battles? This book examines the meanings of marriage for couples in the two first states to extend that right to same sex couples: California and Massachusetts. The two states provide a compelling contrast: while in California the rights that go with marriage--inheritance, custody, and so forth--were already granted to couples under the state's domestic partnership law, those in Massachusetts did not have this same set of rights. At the same time, Massachusetts has offered civil marriage consistently since 2004; Californians, on the other hand, have experienced a much more turbulent legal path. And yet, same-sex couples in bothstates seek to marry for a variety of interacting, overlapping, and evolving reasons that do not vary significantly by location. The evidence shows us that for many of these individuals, access to civil marriage in particular--not domestic partnership alone, no matter how broad--and not a commitment ceremony alone, no matter how emotional--is a home of such personal, civic, political, and instrumental resonance that it is ultimately difficult to disentangle the many meanings of marriage. This book attempts to do so, and in the process reveals just what is at stake for these couples, how access to a legal institution fundamentally alters their consciousness, and what the impact of legal inclusion is for those traditionally excluded. Kimberly Richman is Associate Professor of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of San Francisco"--

Publisher: New York, NY : New York University Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780814717165
Characteristics: 230 p. 24 cm


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