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Author Gilroy, Paul, 1956-

Title Darker than blue : on the moral economies of Black Atlantic culture / Paul Gilroy.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  973.0496073 GILR    AVAILABLE
Physical description 207 pages ; 22 cm.
Series The W.E.B. Du Bois lectures.
W.E.B. Du Bois lectures.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Get Free or Die Tryin' -- 2. Declaration of Rights -- 3. Troubadours, Warriors, and Diplomats.
Summary "Paul Gilroy seeks to awaken a new understanding of W. E. B. Du Bois's intellectual and political legacy. At a time of economic crisis, environmental degradation, ongoing warfare, and heated debate over human rights, how should we reassess the changing place of black culture?" "Gilroy considers the ways that consumerism has diverted African Americans' political and social aspirations. Luxury goods and branded items, especially the automobile - rich in symbolic value and the promise of individual freedom - have restratified society, weakened citizenship, and diminished the collective spirit, Jazz, blues, soul, reggae, and hip hop are now seen as generically American, yet artists like Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, and Bob Marley, who questioned the allure of mobility and speed, are not understood by people who have drained their music of its moral power." "Gilroy explores the way in which objects and technologies can become dynamic social forces, ensuring black culture's global reach while undermining the drive for equality and justice. Drawing on the work of a number of thinkers, including Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, Primo Levi, and Frantz Fanon, he examines the ethical dimensions of living in a society that celebrates the object. What are the implications for our notions of freedom?" "With his provocative analysis and astonishing range of reference, Gilroy revitalizes the study of African American culture. He traces the shifting character of black intellectual and social movements, and shows how we can construct an account of moral progress that reflects today's complex realities."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 -- Political and social views.
African Americans -- Politics and government.
African Americans -- Civil rights.
Liberty -- Political aspects -- United States.
African Americans -- Intellectual life.
Consumption (Economics) -- United States.
Human rights.
United States -- Race relations.
United States -- Moral conditions.
ISBN 9780674035706 (alk. paper)
0674035704 (alk. paper)