By Carol Magee

In the yank international, the presence of African tradition is typically absolutely embodied and occasionally leaves just a hint. Africa within the American mind's eye: pop culture, Racialized Identities, and African visible Culture explores this presence, studying Mattel's international of Barbie, the 1996 Sports Illustrated go well with factor, and Disney global, every one of which repackages African visible tradition for shoppers. simply because those cultural icons permeate American lifestyles, they characterize the wider U.S. tradition and its dating to African tradition. This research integrates ways from paintings historical past and visible tradition reviews with these from tradition, race, and pop culture stories to research this interchange. significant threads weave all through. One analyzes how the presentation of African visible tradition in those pop culture kinds conceptualizes Africa for the yank public. the opposite investigates the best way the makes use of of African visible tradition focuses America's personal self-awareness, really round black and white racialized identities.

In exploring the a number of meanings that "Africa" has in American pop culture, Africa within the American Imagination argues that those cultural items include a number of views and make contact with quite a few sociopolitical contexts: the chilly warfare, Civil Rights, and modern eras of the USA; the apartheid and postapartheid eras of South Africa; the colonial and postcolonial eras of Ghana; and the ecu period of African colonization.

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