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Appropriating Blackness: Performance and the Politics of Authenticity

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Performance artist and scholar E. Patrick Johnson’s provocative study examines how blackness is appropriated and performed—toward widely divergent ends—both within and outside African American culture. Appropriating Blackness develops from the contention that blackness in the United States is necessarily a politicized identity—avowed and disavowed, attractive and repellent ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 13th 2003 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Michele
Jan 15, 2009 Michele rated it it was amazing
So amazing...really made me stop and seriously think about Blackness and the ways in which it is performed. Also caused me to question the theory of performance and its relation to essentialism....his chapter on the Australian Gospel choir is what did that...if youre into Black Cultural Studies...must read!!!
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Dec 18, 2013 Chris brown marked it as to-read
A good friend of mine sent me this book and I cant wait to read it, the back cover has the same theme and tone of a mid-term and subsequent final for the same class i just finished writing. I am looking forward to this read.
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Jul 24, 2011 Dinahw rated it liked it
E. Patrick Johnson really engages the reader on questioning authenticity and race. Helped me better understand race, performance and gospel music on a globalized level.
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E. Patrick Johnson (Ph.D.) is an African-American performance artist, ethnographer, and scholar.
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