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Yo' mama's disfunktional! : fighting the culture wars in urban America

Author: Robin D G Kelley
Publisher: Boston, MA : Beacon Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 10th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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Noted historian Robin D.G. Kelley is tired of people talking about his mama and folks like her. He's tired of victim-blaming critics and policies that pin most of our social ills on the black urban poor. In Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! Kelley fights back. In this provocative and timely book, he examines how scholars, activists, policy makers, and displaced working people themselves have made sense of the contemporary  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin D G Kelley
ISBN: 0807009415 9780807009413
OCLC Number: 1001906665
Notes: Originally published in 1997. With a new preface.
Various printings.
Description: xviii, 226 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Looking for the "Real" Nigga: Social Scientists Construct the Ghetto --
ch. 2. Looking to Get Paid: How Some Black Youth Put Culture to Work --
ch. 3. Looking Backward: The Limits of Self-Help Ideology --
ch. 4. Looking Extremely Backward: Why the Enlightenment Will Only Lead Us Into the Dark --
ch. 5. Looking Forward: How the New Working Class Can Transform Urban America --
Epilogue: Looking B(l)ackward: 2097-1997.
Other Titles: Yo' mama's disfunctional!
Responsibility: Robin D.G. Kelley.

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Noted historian Robin D.G. Kelley is tired of people talking about his mama and folks like her. He's tired of victim-blaming critics and policies that pin most of our social ills on the black urban poor. In Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! Kelley fights back. In this provocative and timely book, he examines how scholars, activists, policy makers, and displaced working people themselves have made sense of the contemporary ghetto. At the same time, Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! gives voice to the very urban populations rendered silent by their attackers. He asks us to see culture and community as more than responses to, or products of, oppression. Ultimately, this is a hopeful book. Kelley reveals how new multiracial social movements emerging today have the potential of transforming the nation.

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