Destructive Desires: Rhythm And Blues Culture And The Politics Of Racial Equality by Robert J. PattersonDestructive Desires: Rhythm And Blues Culture And The Politics Of Racial Equality by Robert J. Patterson

Destructive Desires: Rhythm And Blues Culture And The Politics Of Racial Equality

byRobert J. Patterson

Paperback | April 5, 2019

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Despite rhythm and blues culture’s undeniable role in molding, reflecting, and reshaping black cultural production, consciousness, and politics, it has yet to receive the serious scholarly examination it deserves. Destructive Desires corrects this omission by analyzing how post-Civil Rights era rhythm and blues culture articulates competing and conflicting political, social, familial, and economic desires within and for African American communities. As an important form of black cultural production, rhythm and blues music helps us to understand black political and cultural desires and longings in light of neo-liberalism’s increased codification in America’s racial politics and policies since the 1970s. Robert J. Patterson provides a thorough analysis of four artists—Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Adina Howard, Whitney Houston, and Toni Braxton—to examine black cultural longings by demonstrating how our reading of specific moments in their lives, careers, and performances serve as metacommentaries for broader issues in black culture and politics.
ROBERT J. PATTERSON is a professor of African American Studies and served as the inaugural chair of the Department of African American Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He is the editor of Black Cultural Production After Civil Rights, a coeditor of The Psychic Hold of Slavery: Legacies in American Expressive Culture ...
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Title:Destructive Desires: Rhythm And Blues Culture And The Politics Of Racial EqualityFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.69 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.69 inPublished:April 5, 2019Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1978803583

ISBN - 13:9781978803589

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Despite rhythm and blues culture's undeniable role in molding, reflecting, and reshaping black cultural production, consciousness, and politics, it has yet to receive the serious scholarly examination it deserves. Destructive Desires corrects this omission by analyzing how post-Civil Rights era rhythm and blues culture articulates competing and conflicting political, social, familial, and economic desires within and for African American communities. As an important form of black cultural production, rhythm and blues music helps us to understand black political and cultural desires and longings in light of neo-liberalism's increased codification in America's racial politics and policies since the 1970s. Robert J. Patterson provides a thorough analysis of four artists-Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Adina Howard, Whitney Houston, and Toni Braxton-to examine black cultural longings by demonstrating how our reading of specific moments in their lives, careers, and performances serve as metacommentaries for broader issues in black culture and politics.

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"Highly recommended."