A Journey Into the Land of Bling and the Home of the Shameless

Book - 2007
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Cora Daniels takes on one of the most explosive issues in our country today in this thoughtful critique of America's embrace of a ghetto persona that is demeaning to women, devalues education, celebrates the worst African American stereotypes, and contributes to the destruction of civil peace. Her investigation exposes the central role of corporate America in exploiting the idea of ghetto-ness as a hip cultural idiom, despite its disturbing ramifications, as a means of making money. She showcases Black rappers raised in privileged families who have taken on the ghetto persona and sold millions of albums, and such non-Black celebrities as Paris Hilton, who have adopted ghetto attitudes and styles in pursuit of attention and notoriety. She explores, as well, her own relationship to the ghetto and the ways in which she is both part of and outside the Ghettonation. Infused with humor and entertaining asides--including lists of events and people that deserve placement in the Ghetto Hall of Fame and a short section written entirely in ghetto slang--GHETTONATION is a timely and engrossing report on a controversial social phenomenon. Like Bill Cosby's infamous, much-discussed comments about the problems within the Black community today, it is sure to trigger widespread interest and heated debate.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2007.
ISBN: 9780385516433
Branch Call Number: 307.3366 DANIELS
Characteristics: ix, 205 pages ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Ghetto nation


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