Catching Hell In The City Of Angels: Life And Meanings Of Blackness In South Central Los Angeles (2020)

Catching Hell In The City Of Angels Life And Meanings Of Blackness In South Central Los Angeles Since the s Los Angeles has become the most racially and economically divided city in the United States In the poorest parts of South Central Los Angeles buildings in disrepair the legacy of rac
  • Title: Catching Hell In The City Of Angels: Life And Meanings Of Blackness In South Central Los Angeles
  • Author: Joao H. Costa Vargas
  • ISBN: 9780816641697
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • Catching Hell In The City Of Angels: Life And Meanings Of Blackness In South Central Los Angeles
    Since the 1980s, Los Angeles has become the most racially and economically divided city in the United States In the poorest parts of South Central Los Angeles, buildings in disrepair the legacy of racial unrest Moving beyond stereotypes of South Central s predominantly African American residents, Jo o H Costa Vargas recounts his almost two years living in the district.Since the 1980s, Los Angeles has become the most racially and economically divided city in the United States In the poorest parts of South Central Los Angeles, buildings in disrepair the legacy of racial unrest Moving beyond stereotypes of South Central s predominantly African American residents, Jo o H Costa Vargas recounts his almost two years living in the district Personal, critical, and disquieting, Catching Hell in the City of Angels examines the ways in which economic and social changes in the twentieth century have affected the black community, and powerfully conveys the experiences that bind and divide its people.Through compelling stories of South Central, including his own experience as an immigrant of color, Vargas presents portraits of four groups He talks daily with women living in a low income Watts apartment building works with activists in a community organization against police brutality interacts with former gang members trying to maintain a 1992 truce between the Bloods and the Crips and listens to amateur jazz musicians who perform in a gentrified section of the neighborhood In each case he describes the worldviews and the definitions of blackness these people use to cope with oppression Vargas finds, in turn, that blackness is a form of racial solidarity, a vehicle for the renewal of African American culture, and a political expression of revolutionary black nationalism Vargas reveals that the social fault lines in South Central reflect both contemporary disparities and long term struggles In doing so, he shows both the racialized power that makes blackness a prized term of identity and the terrible price that African Americans have paid for this emphasis Ultimately, Catching Hell in the City of Angels tells the story of urban America through the lives of individuals from diverse, overlapping, and vibrant communities Jo o H Costa Vargas is assistant professor in the Center for African and African American Studies and the department of anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin Robin D G Kelley is the William B Ransford Professor of Cultural and Historical Studies at Columbia University He is the author of numerous books, including Yo Mama s Disfunktional Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America.
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    One Reply to “Catching Hell In The City Of Angels: Life And Meanings Of Blackness In South Central Los Angeles”

    1. Read this for class The shocking realities of this ethnographic work will leave a mark on you.

    2. This book is brilliant in so many ways, one of them being what it attempts to deliver, so I don t think it is quite its fault that it doesn t quite manage the full delivery One of the things I most appreciated about Costa Vargas s ethnographical approach was the solid stance it takes within and for the community he is studying It is unapologetic in its politics and its sympathies, but the 26 months of fieldwork this Light skinned Black Brazilian carried out in South Central is it wrong to be smi [...]

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