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Black Studies, Rap, and the Academy

In this explosive book, Houston Baker takes stock of the current state of Black Studies in the university and outlines its responsibilities to the newest form of black urban expression—rap. A frank, polemical essay, Black Studies, Rap, and the Academy is an uninhibited defense of Black Studies and an extended commentary on the importance of rap. Written in the midst of the political correctness wars and in the aftermath of the Los Angeles riots, Baker’s meditation on the academy and black urban expression has generated much controversy and comment from both ends of the political spectrum.

117 pages | 7 halftones, 1 figure | 5-1/4 x 8 | © 1993

Black Literature and Culture

Black Studies

Culture Studies

Table of Contents

Preface
1: Black Studies: A New Story
2: The Black Urban Bear: Rap and the Law
3: Expert Witnesses and the Case of Rap
4: Hybridity, Rap, and Pedagogy for the 1990s: A Black Studies Sounding of Form
Afterword
Index

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