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Ghettonation: A Journey into the Land of Bling and Home of the Shameless

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Cora Daniels takes on one of the most explosive issues in our country today in this thoughtful critique of America's embrace of a ghetto persona that is demeaning to women, devalues education, celebrates the worst African American stereotypes, and contributes to the destruction of civil peace. Her investigation exposes the central role of corporate America in exploiting the idea of ghetto-ness as a hip cultural idiom, despite its disturbing ramifications, as a means of making money. She showcases Black rappers raised in privileged families who have taken on the ghetto persona and sold millions of albums, and such non-Black celebrities as Paris Hilton, who have adopted ghetto attitudes and styles in pursuit of attention and notoriety. She explores, as well, her own relationship to the ghetto and the ways in which she is both part of and outside the Ghettonation.

Infused with humor and entertaining asides--including lists of events and people that deserve placement in the Ghetto Hall of Fame and a short section written entirely in ghetto slang--GHETTONATION is a timely and engrossing report on a controversial social phenomenon. Like Bill Cosby's infamous, much-discussed comments about the problems within the Black community today, it is sure to trigger widespread interest and heated debate.

Synopsis:

Offers a provocative study of the influence of "ghetto" attitudes, lifestyles, and mores on urban communities and American culture and critiques this persona and its attitudes towards women, education, and African-Americans.

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From the Introduction:

ghet-to n. (Merriam-Webster dictionary) Italian, from Venetian dialect ghto island where Jews were forced to live; literally, foundry (located on the island), from ghet

About the Author

Cora Daniels is an award-winning journalist. Her work has been published in Fortune, the New York Times, Essence, O: The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, Heart & Soul, FSB: Fortune Small Business, and Savoy. She has also been a staff writer at Fortune and an editor at Working Mother, and she is currently a contributing writer for Essence. Daniels has served as a commentator on CNN, CNBC, BET, NPR, ABC News, and Charlie Rose. As an author Daniels has been called “dynamic,” “perceptive,” and “a powerful voice from the younger generation.” Her first book, Black Power Inc., was dubbed “thought provoking” by the Washington Post and “a must read” by Black Issues Book Review. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and daughter.

Table of Contents

Prologue: I am ghetto — Livin' large — Exporting dirty laundry — Ghettonation speaks — Please baby, please — Family values — Nigga wha, nigga who — School me — Cos speaks — Do you speak?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385521598
Subtitle:
A Journey into the Land of Bling and the Home of the Shameless
Publisher:
Doubleday
Author:
Cora Daniels
Author:
Daniels, Cora
Subject:
Social Science-Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - G
Subject:
Social Science : Ethnic Studies - African American Studies -
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Inner cities
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States.
Subject:
African Americans--Social conditions
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
Sociology-American Studies
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070320
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
205

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Urban Studies » General

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"Synopsis" by , Offers a provocative study of the influence of "ghetto" attitudes, lifestyles, and mores on urban communities and American culture and critiques this persona and its attitudes towards women, education, and African-Americans.
"Synopsis" by , From the Introduction:

ghet-to n. (Merriam-Webster dictionary) Italian, from Venetian dialect ghto island where Jews were forced to live; literally, foundry (located on the island), from ghet

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