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The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth: Book by Orlando Patterson

The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth

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ISBN: 9780674728752    Publisher: Harvard University Press Year of publishing: 2015     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 630        Language: English
The Cultural Matrix" seeks to unravel a uniquely American paradox: the socioeconomic crisis, segregation, and social isolation of disadvantaged black youth, on the one hand, and their extraordinary integration...Read more
The Cultural Matrix" seeks to unravel a uniquely American paradox: the socioeconomic crisis, segregation, and social isolation of disadvantaged black youth, on the one hand, and their extraordinary integration and prominence in popular culture on the other. Despite school dropout rates over 40 percent, a third spending time in prison, chronic unemployment, and endemic violence, black youth are among the most vibrant creators of popular culture in the world. They also espouse several deeply-held American values. To understand this conundrum, the authors bring culture back to the forefront of explanation, while avoiding the theoretical errors of earlier culture-of-poverty approaches and the causal timidity and special pleading of more recent ones. There is no single black youth culture, but a complex matrix of cultures adapted mainstream, African-American vernacular, street culture, and hip-hop that support and undermine, enrich and impoverish young lives. Hip-hop, for example, has had an enormous influence, not always to the advantage of its creators. However, its muscular message of primal honor and sensual indulgence is not motivated by a desire for separatism but by an insistence on sharing in the mainstream culture of consumption, power, and wealth. This interdisciplinary work draws on all the social sciences, as well as social philosophy and ethnomusicology, in a concerted effort to explain how culture, interacting with structural and environmental forces, influences the performance and control of violence, aesthetic productions, educational and work outcomes, familial, gender, and sexual relations, and the complex moral life of black youth."
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Considering recent tragedies and protests involving black youths, the police and the legal system along with the centuries of devastation wrought by racial bias a work exploring the impact of...Read more
Considering recent tragedies and protests involving black youths, the police and the legal system along with the centuries of devastation wrought by racial bias a work exploring the impact of culture is both timely and welcome Patterson and his peers present a balanced, rigorous interpretation of culture, with ample empirical evidence, and include the actual voices and viewpoints of black youths They also suggest possible strategies and tactics for the ways in which culture can be understood and employed to improve the lives of black youths in all their rich diversity and potential.--Greg Thomas"The Root" (02/19/2015)
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