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The Symbolic Rape of Representation- A Critical Analysis of Black Musical Expression [Paperback]

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This study supports the argument that the majority of hip-hop music, within the context of what is defined as popular music, reinforces stereotypes and the ideological concept of "white supremacist capitalist patriarchy" referred to by bell hooks (1981). By interpreting the rhetoric of lyrics through a lens shaped by black feminist and critical theories, this analysis focuses upon a site, Billboard's Hot 100 Singles, where popular music produced and performed by recording artists of different races and represented by various genres can be analyzed and compared. It becomes glaringly apparent through the use of rhetorical criticism that no other popular music genre is comparatively similar in its oppressive representation of any other group of people than hip-hop music is to Black people, especially women. Overwhelmingly, declining morals and values of society are represented by popular black musical expression. As a communication study, this analysis has far-reaching implications for the various ways that the rhetoric of music helps define and shape beliefs, values and attitudes about a particular group or race of people. The target audience includes media scholars, urban educators interested in teaching self-respect and dignity among youth, and a wide range of other professionals and lay people concerned about the current direction of popular music and its impact upon children.

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Pages   184
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 20, 2007
Publisher   VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K.
ISBN  3836419025  
ISBN13  9783836419024  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! DICK SMITH is the Partner-in-Charge of the Center of Excellence for Six Sigma Services at PwC Consulting. He is a well-known speaker on the topics of business strategy, organizational change, and Six Sigma deployment.
JERRY BLAKESLEE is a Global Partner at the Center of Excellence for Six Sigma Services and a primary architect of PwC Consulting's global Strategic Six Sigma approach.
RICHARD KOONCE is a writer, interviewer, business consultant, and a well-known expert on job and workplace trends.

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This book represents yet another outstanding source regarding the misrepresentation of race  Sep 11, 2007
This book, "The Symbolic Rape of Representation," is yet another valuable source for scholars and other critical thinkers who are concerned about the impact of popular culture and music upon the minds of children, particularly those who are African American. Grounded by a rhetorically based theory of representation developed by critically acclaimed author and cultural critic, bell hooks, this book helps support her concept that most popular media forms tend to denigrate, distort, or egregiously misrepresent images of black people in order to reinforce the binary concept of black as inferior, bad, ugly and non-human vs. white as good, beautiful, and virtuous human being. This study specifically focuses on the lyrics in hip-hop songs performed primarily by popular black artists and compares them to lyrics of popular white artists and others in songs that appear on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Charts. This is a must-have source for anyone who is serious about the study of popular black musical expression.

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