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Black on black : urban youth films and the multicultural audience

Author: Celeste A Fisher
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
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"Images of violent black masculinity are not new in American culture, but in the late 1980s and early '90s, the social and economic climate in the country contributed to an unprecedented number of films about ghetto life. And while Hollywood reaped financial gains from these depictions, the rest of the country saw an ever-widening "opportunity gap" between marginalized groups and mainstream society, as well as an  Read more...
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Fisher, Celeste A.
Black on black.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607823835
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Celeste A Fisher
ISBN: 0810857227 9780810857223
OCLC Number: 62533844
Description: xxviii, 123 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Readers and response --
"America's worst nightmare": reading Menace II society --
"Money, power, respect": reading Juice --
"Increase the peace": reading Boyz n the hood --
Negotiated meanings. Readers and response --
America's worst nightmare: reading Menace II society --
Money, power, respect: reading Juice --
Increase the peace: reading Boyz 'n the hood --
Negotiated meanings.
Responsibility: Celeste A. Fisher.
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"Images of violent black masculinity are not new in American culture, but in the late 1980s and early '90s, the social and economic climate in the country contributed to an unprecedented number of films about ghetto life. And while Hollywood reaped financial gains from these depictions, the rest of the country saw an ever-widening "opportunity gap" between marginalized groups and mainstream society, as well as an increase in juvenile violence. These events added to the existing discomfort of the viewing public with representations of young black males living in urban ghettos." "Black on Black: Urban Youth Films and the Multicultural Audience tackles the under-examined subject of black, male-focused, coming-of-age films in American society. Of central concern is an analysis of responses made by culturally diverse young adults to selected "hood" films of the early 1990s. Grounded in reader-response theory and utilizing qualitative research design and analysis, author Celeste Fisher examines student interpretations of three representative films of the period: Boyz N the Hood, Juice and Menace II Society." "Fisher provides insight into how meaning is determined by a multicultural audience in response to a particularly controversial representation of "blackness" in America. Her research provides a greater understanding of how hood films are interpreted, and her inquiries help to explain the violence that accompanied the screenings of some of these films. Black on Black is suitable for scholars and students interested in the subject, as well as anyone interested in film, race, multiculturalism, and identity politics."--BOOK JACKET.

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