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In Search of the Black FantasticPolitics and Popular Culture in the Post-Civil Rights Era$
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Richard Iton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178463.001.0001

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Variations on the Solidarity Blues

Variations on the Solidarity Blues

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(p.131) 5 Variations on the Solidarity Blues
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In Search of the Black Fantastic
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Richard Iton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178463.003.0005

When trying to establish the identity of something, one does not automatically refer to the aspects that do not involve the subject, or to attributes from which the subject is exempted. That being said, and the word citizen being taken into consideration, it is therefore essential to know the values and limitations that this term is to assume. We have to identify a field that would dictate the styles of engagement and interpellation, agendas, and the goals and orders of politics. Looking into Foucault's notion of governmentality and biopolitics, this chapter concentrates on welfare policy and the movement that resulted in the removal of federal financial support for Americans who earn lower level incomes. More so, we study how the black community has reacted through popular culture to such political and cultural issues.

Keywords:   citizens, Foucault, governmentality, biopolitics, popular culture, black culture, welfare policy

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