Chapter

Keeping It Reel

in Under a Bad Sign

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226550350
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226550374 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226550374.003.0006
Keeping It Reel

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This chapter examines the way gangsta culture became symbolically central to American popular culture in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It suggests that hip hop cinema's gangster/gangsta relationship connects the African American struggle over representation in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the struggles of non-Anglo-Saxon Protestant white immigrants in the early twentieth century. The chapter also investigates the role of black popular fiction, particularly writers Donald Goines and Robert Beck and publishing firm Holloway House in the emergence of the gangsta culture.

Keywords: gangsta culture; American popular culture; African American struggle; black popular fiction; Donald Goines; Robert Beck; Holloway House

Chapter.  10786 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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