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Thinking While Black

Thinking While Black is a book by Daniel McNeil.

Daniel McNeil

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This uniquely interdisciplinary study of Black cultural critics Armond White and Paul Gilroy spans continents and decades of rebellion and revolution.

Drawing on an eclectic mix of archival research, politics, film theory, and pop culture, Daniel McNeil examines two of the most celebrated and controversial Black thinkers working today. Thinking While Black takes us on a transatlantic journey through the radical movements that rocked against racism in 1970s Detroit and Birmingham, the rhythms of everyday life in 1980s London and New York, and the hype and hostility generated by Oscar-winning films like 12 Years a Slave.

The lives and careers of White and Gilroy—along with creative contemporaries of the post–civil rights era such as Bob Marley, Toni Morrison, Stuart Hall, and Pauline Kael—should matter to anyone who craves deeper and fresher thinking about cultural industries, racism, nationalism, belonging, and identity. (From Between the Lines)

Daniel McNeil is a professor in gender at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and the Queen's National Scholar Chair in Black Studies. He is also the author of Sex and Race in the Black Atlantic and a coeditor of Migration and Stereotypes in Performance and Culture.

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