Africa in the American Imagination: Popular Culture, by Carol Magee

By Carol Magee

In the yankee international, the presence of African tradition is usually totally embodied and infrequently 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 international of Barbie, the 1996 Sports Illustrated suit factor, and Disney international, each one of which repackages African visible tradition for shoppers. simply because those cultural icons permeate American existence, they symbolize the wider U.S. tradition and its dating to African tradition. This learn integrates techniques from artwork heritage 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 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, 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 embrace a number of views and call 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 eu period of African colonization.

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