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Author Saucier, Paul Khalil, 1976- author.

Title Necessarily black : Cape Verdean youth, hip-hop culture, and a critique of identity / P. Khalil Saucier.

Published East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  305.896658073 SAUC    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 120 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 103-115) and index.
Contents Preface -- Introduction -- 1. Making sense of light-skin African blood : the grammar of Cape Verdean identity -- 2. Body and being : notes on Cape Verdean blackness in America -- 3. Kriolu noize : bridges of black Cape Verdean sound -- 4. Cape Verdean youth cool : tailoring identity -- 5. The Cape Verdean identity divide : a case of terminal blackness -- Conclusion. Dark matters : a potential (ante)politics.
Summary "Necessarily Black is an ethnographic account of second-generation Cape Verdean youth identity in the United States and a theoretical attempt to broaden and complicate current discussions about race and racial identity in the twenty-first century. P. Khalil Saucier grapples with the performance, embodiment, and nuances of racialized identities (blackened bodies) in empirical contexts. He looks into the durability and (in)flexibility of race and racial discourse through an imbricated and multidimensional understanding of racial identity and racial positioning. In doing so, Saucier examines how Cape Verdean youth negotiate their identity within the popular fabrication of "multiracial America." He also explores the ways in which racial blackness has come to be lived by Cape Verdean youth in everyday life and how racialization feeds back into the experience of these youth classified as black through a matrix of social and material settings. Saucier examines how ascriptions of blackness and forms of black popular culture inform subjectivities. The author also examines hip-hop culture to see how it is used as a site where new (and old) identities of being, becoming, and belonging are fashioned and reworked. Necessarily Black explores race and how Cape Verdean youth think and feel their identities into existence, while keeping in mind the dynamics and politics of racialization, mixed-race identities, and anti-blackness"--Publisher's description.
Subject Cabo Verdean Americans -- Race identity.
Hip-hop -- Social aspects -- United States.
Hip-hop -- Influence.
Blacks -- Race identity -- United States.
Ethnicity -- United States.
ISBN 1611861683