cover of book

Thinking While Black: Translating the Politics and Popular Culture of a Rebel Generation
by Daniel McNeil
Rutgers University Press, 2023
Cloth: 978-1-9788-3088-2 | Paper: 978-1-9788-3087-5 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-3090-5
Library of Congress Classification E185.89.I56M37 2022
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.896073

Thinking While Black brings together the work and ideas of the most notorious film critic in America, one of the most influential intellectuals in the United Kingdom, and a political and cultural generation that consumed images of rebellion and revolution around the world as young Black teenagers in the late 1960s. Drawing on hidden and little known archives of resistance and resilience, it sheds new light on the politics and poetics of young people who came together, often outside of conventional politics, to rock against racism in the 1970s and early ‘80s. It re-examines debates in the 1980s and ‘90s about artists who “spread out” to mount aggressive challenges to a straight, white, middle-class world, and entertainers who “sold out” to build their global brands with performances that attacked the Black poor, rejected public displays of introspection, and expressed unambiguous misogyny and homophobia. Finally, it thinks with and through the work of writers who have been celebrated and condemned as eminent intellectuals and curmudgeonly contrarians in the twenty-first century. In doing so, it delivers the smartest and most nuanced investigation into thinkers such as Paul Gilroy and Armond White as they have evolved from “young soul rebels” to “middle-aged mavericks” and “grumpy old men,” lamented the debasement and deskilling of Black film and music in a digital age, railed against the discourteous discourse and groupthink of screenies and Internet Hordes, and sought to stimulate some deeper and fresher thinking about racism, nationalism, multiculturalism, political correctness and social media.

Listen along with this Spotify playlist inspired by the book!

For copyright reasons, this book is available in the U.S.A only.

See other books on: 1956- | Black people | Gilroy, Paul | McNeil, Daniel | Translating
See other titles from Rutgers University Press
Nearby on shelf for United States / Elements in the population / Afro-Americans: