By Carol Magee
In the yankee international, the presence of African tradition is usually absolutely embodied and occasionally leaves just a hint. Africa within the American mind's eye: pop culture, Racialized Identities, and African visible Culture explores this presence, interpreting Mattel's international of Barbie, the 1996 Sports Illustrated go well with factor, and Disney global, every one of which repackages African visible tradition for shoppers. simply because those cultural icons permeate American lifestyles, they characterize the wider U.S. tradition and its dating to African tradition. This research integrates techniques from artwork heritage and visible tradition reports with these from tradition, race, and pop culture stories to investigate this interchange. significant threads weave all through. One analyzes how the presentation of African visible tradition in those pop culture types conceptualizes Africa for the yankee public. the opposite investigates the best way the makes use of of African visible tradition focuses America's personal self-awareness, fairly round black and white racialized identities.
In exploring the a number of meanings that "Africa" has in American pop culture, Africa within the American Imagination argues that those cultural items embrace a number of views and phone quite a few sociopolitical contexts: the chilly conflict, Civil Rights, and modern eras of the us; the apartheid and postapartheid eras of South Africa; the colonial and postcolonial eras of Ghana; and the eu period of African colonization.
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