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Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-hop and Black Politics

Lester K. Spence


A growing number of black activists and artists claim that rap and hip-hop are the basis of an influential new urban social movement. Simultaneously, black citizens evince concern with the effect that rap and hip-hop culture exerts on African American communities. According to a recent Pew survey conducted on the opinions of Black Americans, 71 percent of blacks think that rap is a bad influence. To what extent are African American hopes and fears about hip-hop’s potential political power justified? This book answers this question using a blend of neoliberal analysis, survey data, experiments, ... More

Keywords: black activists, artists, rap, hip-hop, urban social movement, Black Americans, neoliberal ideology, hip-hop politics, black politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816669875
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816669875.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lester K. Spence, author
Associate Professor, Political Science, Johns Hopkins University