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In Search of the Black Fantastic: Politics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Richard Iton


Prior to the 1960s, when African Americans had little access to formal political power, black popular culture was commonly seen as a means of forging community and effecting political change. But as this book shows, despite the changes brought about by the civil rights movement, and contrary to the wishes of those committed to narrower conceptions of politics, black artists have continued to play a significant role in the making and maintenance of critical social spaces. The book offers a portrait of the relationship between popular culture and institutionalized politics, tracing the connectio ... More

Keywords: African Americans, black popular culture, civil rights movement, Paul Robeson, Lorraine Hansberry, Richard Pryor, Bob Marley, Erykah Badu, policy making, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195178463
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178463.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Iton, author
Northwestern University