Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics

Paperback | March 30, 2012

byCathy J. Cohen

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In Democracy Remixed, award-winning scholar Cathy J. Cohen offers an authoritative and empirically powerful analysis of the state of black youth in America today. Utilizing the results from the Black Youth Project, a groundbreaking nationwide survey, Cohen focuses on what young BlackAmericans actually experience and think - and underscores the political repercussions. Featuring stories from cities across the country, she reveals that black youth want, in large part, what most Americans want - a good job, a fulfilling life, safety, respect, and equality. But while this generation has much in common with the rest of America, they also believe that equality does not yet exist, at least not in their lives. Many believe that they are treated as second-class citizens. Moreover, for many the future seems bleak when they look at their neighborhoods, theirschools, and even their own lives and choices. Through their words, these young people provide a complex and balanced picture of the intersection of opportunity and discrimination in their lives. Democracy Remixed provides the insight we need to transform the future of young Black Americans andAmerican democracy.

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In Democracy Remixed, award-winning scholar Cathy J. Cohen offers an authoritative and empirically powerful analysis of the state of black youth in America today. Utilizing the results from the Black Youth Project, a groundbreaking nationwide survey, Cohen focuses on what young BlackAmericans actually experience and think - and unders...

Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. She is the author of The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics..

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199896264

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Table of Contents

1. "My Petition": Black Youth and the Promise of Democratic Citizenship2. "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It": Bill Cosby, Don Imus, and Black Moral Panics3. "Baby Mama": Black Love, Black Deviance, and the Sexual Politics of Morality4. "Minoritiy Report": Kanye West, Barack Obama, and Political Alienation (with Jamila Celestine-Michener)5. "Fight the Power": From Jena to the White House6. "My President Is Black": Barack Obama and the Postracial IllusionEpilogue Policy and PoliticsAppendix A