Harvard Educational Review
  1. Black Popular Culture

    Edited by Gina Dent.

    Seattle: Bay Press, 1992. 373 pp. $18.95 (paper).

    Black Popular Culture brings into focus the work of Black insurgent intellectuals such as Stuart Hall, Cornel West, bell hooks, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Hazel Carby, Tricia Rose, Paul Gilroy, and Angela Davis. This single volume, as part of the "Discussions in Contemporary Culture" series, provides a comprehensive look at the diversity and complexity of Black popular culture, as well as the intellectual debates that such diversity evokes. Exploring some of the endless differences found within Black communities, this book stands as a testimony to the impossibility of essentializing experience by race, and instead points to the need to engage the shifting interconnections that speak to a more dialectical understanding of the relationships that constitute multiple identities and a pedagogy and politics of difference.

    By examining how popular mass media often work to distort perceptions of social reality that can act maliciously as agents of containment, discrimination, racism, and cultural reproduction, Black Popular Culture exposes how it is imperative that our classrooms investigate the historical context of particular forms of representation in popular culture, how such representations are constructed, and for whom. In light of the differences this book reveals, it nevertheless manages to shed hope on the possibilities for collective struggle.

    P.L.
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    Abstracts

    A Dialogue
    Culture, Language, and Race
    By Paulo Freire and Donaldo P. Macedo
    Navajo Youth and Anglo Racism
    Cultural Integrity and Resistance
    By Donna Deyhle
    Script, Counterscript, and Underlife in the Classroom
    James Brown versus Brown v. Board of Education
    By Kris Gutierrez, Betsy Rymes, and Joanne Larson
    Levels of Comparison in Educational Studies
    Different Insights from Different Literatures and the Value of Multilevel Analyses
    By Mark Bray and R. Murray Thomas

    Book Notes

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    By Lisa Delpit

    National Issues on Education
    Edited by John F. Jennings.

    U.S. Educational Policy Interest Groups
    By Gregory S. Butler and James D. Slack.

    Education at a Glance
    By the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.

    School Choice
    By Peter W. Cookson Jr.

    Crosscurrents:
    Edited by Lance W. Roberts and Rodney A. Clifton

    Framing Questions, Constructing Answers
    By Noel F. McGinn and Allison M. Borden

    Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature

    Changing the Subject
    Edited by Sue Davies, Cathy Lubelska, and Jocey Quinn.

    Rewriting Literacy
    Edited by Candace Mitchell and Kathleen Weiler.

    The Return of the Political
    By Chantal Mouffe

    Black Popular Culture
    Edited by Gina Dent.

    Thirteen Questions
    Edited by Joe Kincheloe and Shirley Steinberg.