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Roots and Culture: Cultural Politics in the Making of Black Britain

Roots and Culture: Cultural Politics in the Making of Black Britain
Eddie Chambers

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How did a distinct and powerful Black British identity emerge? In the 1950s, when many Caribbean migrants came to Britain, there was no such recognised entity as "Black Britain." Yet by the 1980s, the cultural landscape had radically changed, and a remarkable array of creative practices such as theatre, poetry, literature, music and the visual arts gave voice to striking new articulations of Black-British identity. This new book chronicles the extraordinary blend of social, political and cultural influences from the mid-1950s to late 1970s that gave rise to new heights of Black-British artistic expression in the 1980s. Eddie Chambers relates how and why during these decades "West Indians" became "Afro-Caribbeans," and how in turn "Afro-Caribbeans" became "Black-British" - and the centrality of the arts to this important narrative. The British Empire, migration, Rastafari, the Anti-Apartheid struggle, reggae music, dub poetry, the ascendance of the West Indies cricket team and the coming of Margaret Thatcher - all of these factors, and others, have had a part to play in the compelling story of how the African Diaspora transformed itself to give rise to Black Britain.

Author Info

Eddie Chambers is a Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches art history of the African Diaspora. Born in Britain to Jamaican immigrant parents, he spent the early 1980s working with a new generation of Black British artists. He is the author of Black Artists in British Art: A History Since the 1950s (I.B.Tauris, 2014).

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: International Library of Visual Culture

ISBN: 9781784536169
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2017
Number of Pages: 304
Height: 216
Width: 138
Illustrations: 30 bw integrated

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