Epilogue: Global Gangsta—Life in Death

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:
Epilogue: Global Gangsta—Life in Death

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study about the gangsta culture and criminal self-representation of African Americans in popular culture. It contends that the gangsta image as the apogee of criminal self-representation in African American popular culture constitutes an extremely ambivalent black sign in white America and that the emancipative political potential has been overlooked in debates about the value of criminal self-representation in African American popular culture. The chapter also argues that while criminal self-representation has continually engaged with the violent and coercive force of racial subordination, it has established how the threat of death determines the ground for struggle and the terms of freedom and autonomy.

Keywords: gangsta culture; criminal self-representation; African Americans; popular culture; racial subordination; freedom autonomy

Chapter.  2938 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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