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In From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances, editor Vershawn Ashanti Young and assistant editor Bridget Harris Tsemo collect a diverse assortment of pieces that examine the generational shift in the perception of the black middle class, from the serious moniker of "bourgeois" to the more playful, sardonic "boojie." Including such senior cultural workers aIn From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances, editor Vershawn Ashanti Young and assistant editor Bridget Harris Tsemo collect a diverse assortment of pieces that examine the generational shift in the perception of the black middle class, from the serious moniker of "bourgeois" to the more playful, sardonic "boojie." Including such senior cultural workers as Amiri Baraka and Houston Baker, as well as younger scholars like Damion Waymer and Candice Jenkins, this significant collection contains essays, poems, visual art, and short stories that examine the complex web of representations that define the contemporary black middle class. Young opens the book with a critical introduction that looks at the articulation of class and race as a mode of performing U.S. citizenship. In four thematic parts-Performing Responsibility, Performing Womanhood, Performing Media, and Performing Sexuality-contributors explore different aspects of middle-class blackness. Acknowledging that the black middle class could never be depicted satisfactorily by one genre or from one perspective, contributors include pieces as varied as drawings by Iowa artist Jean Berry; self-reflexive commentaries from cultural critics Bryant Keith Alexander, Houston Baker, Dwight McBride, and Greg Tate; a short story by novelist Venise Berry; and cultural critiques by scholars Harilaos Stecopoulos and Angela Nelson. The volume also contains a thoughtful foreword by performance artist and scholar E. Patrick Johnson and an astute afterword by sociologist Mary Pattillo. The journey from bourgeois to boojie embraces the long journey of African Americans from the cotton field and the assembly line to the corporate conference table and the White House. This insightful and diverse volume will be relevant to scholars of performance studies, African American studies, American literature, performative writing, and sociology, as well as creative writers and those interested in contemporary political discourse on race....

Title : From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances
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ISBN : 9780814334683
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 366 Pages
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From Bourgeois to Boojie: Black Middle-Class Performances Reviews

  • Gina
    2019-04-04 09:29

    This felt rather poorly edited. Some of the pieces just felt messy and going for the easy route. I was disappointed in the essay on Atlanta's black tourism; it really could be an interesting book all to itself, but the author made points without backing them up (like claiming that factoids on black spending power are deliberately overinflated to lull black people into a false sense of economic power). However, I did enjoy some chapters, namely the one on A Raisin in the Sun, "A Kind of End to Blackness" on the novel He Sleeps, and "Boojie!: A Question of Authenticity" on the intersections between sexuality, academia, and performative blackness. I appreciate the varying perspectives on Frazier's Black Bourgeoisie, though it sounds faulted enough that I wonder where its continued prominence comes from.