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By Carol Magee

ISBN-10: 1617031526

ISBN-13: 9781617031526

In the yankee global, 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, analyzing Mattel's global of Barbie, the 1996 Sports Illustrated go well with factor, and Disney international, each one of which repackages African visible tradition for shoppers. simply because those cultural icons permeate American lifestyles, they signify the wider U.S. tradition and its dating to African tradition. This examine integrates techniques from artwork historical past and visible tradition reports with these from tradition, race, and pop culture stories to research this interchange. significant threads weave all through. One analyzes how the presentation of African visible tradition in those pop culture varieties conceptualizes Africa for the yank public. the opposite investigates the best way the makes use of of African visible tradition focuses America's personal self-awareness, quite 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 include a number of views and make contact with a variety of sociopolitical contexts: the chilly conflict, Civil Rights, and modern eras of the USA; the apartheid and postapartheid eras of South Africa; the colonial and postcolonial eras of Ghana; and the ecu period of African colonization.

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