Citizen: An American Lyric - Claudia Rankine

By now you’ve heard the story: a woman goes to a Donald Trump rally, is not impressed by what she hears, and signals her contempt by reading Claudia Rankine’s Citizen in view of the cameras—arousing the ire of his more passionate supporters in the process. Primary politics aside, Rankine’s book is a bracing reflection on micro-aggressions, couched within the macro-aggression of American racism. Rankine weaves Hurricane Katrina, the 2006 World Cup, the 2011 London unrest and the killing of Trayvon Martin together with the sobering banality of everyday racism, and the result is essential reading for a glimpse at not-quite-post-racial America.

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ISBN: 9781555976903
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture - Hisham Aidi

In this ambitious and eminently readable book, Aidi magnifies the intersections between Islam, music and youth social activism. Hip hop, Samba, Reggae, Gnawa and Sufi Rock all have their turn as Aidi jettisons the tired doomsday narrative associated with Muslim youth and focuses instead on how music embodies their struggles to gain footholds in increasingly ambivalent or hostile societies. Aidi takes us to locales as diverse as Brazil, France, Morocco and the US for a look at the role of Muslims in uprisings and social justice movements, the interaction between oppressed communities and Islam, and how contemporary Muslims remold an array of musical genres into their own distinct tools of liberation.

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ISBN: 9780307279972
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Published: Vintage - December 2nd, 2014