chap t er 1: recl aiming t he right to rock
In honor of the brc’s fifteenth anniversary, the newsletter editors published i
views with each of the three cofounders in 2000–2001 in which they reflecte
the history of the organization and its accomplishments; the epigraphs for c
ters 1 and 10 come from this series.
1 I talk about Faith in more detail in chapter 8. See Jones 1992 for an exte
discussion of Faith.
2 French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu has persuasively demonstrated that seem
objective categories of taste and aesthetics depend on and constitute relation
tween different social classes (Bourdieu 1984).
3 Rosaldo is critiquing a classic norm of anthropology that says ‘‘to pursue a cu
is to seek out its difference, and then show how it makes sense, as they say, o
own terms’’ (1993:201).
4 Challenging black stereotypes has been a part of anthropological explana
of the distinctiveness of African American cultures and communities and
relationship to the U.S. mainstream (e.g., Aschenbrenner 1975; Dollard
Herskovits 1941; Liebow 1967; Powdermaker 1939; Stack 1974; Whitten
Szwed 1970). In some cases these representations contributed to the stereoty
and mythologizing of blackness (Szwed 1972). African American anthropolo
have used their research to deconstruct distorted images of African America
explain the internal logic of African American culture, and to demonstrate th
pact of institutional racism on African Americans (Baker 1998; Bell 1983; D
et al. 1941; Drake and Cayton [1945] 1993; Du Bois [1899] 1996; Gregory 1
Gwaltney 1980; Hurston [1935] 1978; McClaurin 2001; Mitchell-Kernan 1
Mullings 1997; Valentine 1978). For discussions of this tradition among Af
American anthropologists, see Harrison 1988; Harrison and Harrison 1998
5 Hall notes that a more static understanding of black identity, one that em
sizes ‘‘ ‘one true self ’. . . which people with a shared history and ancestry
in common,’’ can be a productive force in the political and cultural struggl
marginalized and oppressed peoples (1992:221). As evidenced by the Négr
movement of black Francophone colonies and the Black Arts Movement o
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