The debate on the essence of black popular culture hinges on a specific moment in postmodern cultural globalization, where the struggle is fought over cultural strategies. The new ambiguous window opened to difference & marginality is met with reactionary & aggressive resistance in an attempt to restore the hegemony of the Western narrative. Black popular culture encompasses internally contradictory elements in the black community, which preserves black traditions, maintains the black aesthetic, & houses alternative black counternarratives. In the profoundly mythical & complexly constructed arena of popular culture, strategic essentialism in the use of the qualifier black unlocks both critical/creative options & produces shortcomings (eg, exclusion, the naturalization & dehistoricization of difference). 6 References. J. Sadler
Suggests that the repertoires of black popular culture, which, since black people were excluded from the cultural mainstream, were often the only performative spaces left, were overdetermined from 2 directions: from their inheritances; and by diasporic conditions in which the connections were forged.
'Black' is a contested term. Its usage has attracted much academic debate. Issues of terminology are important as they produce real consequences for the lives of those using and/or who are subsumed within particular definitions. A study designed to explore the experiences of 'black' staff in further education provides the impetus for examining the impact of using generic terms such as 'black' on the data collection process and its significance for those subsumed under the category. The paper explores the implications of employing collective terminology in arriving at shared meanings and understandings. It highlights the ways in which the funders of the study and a group of prospective research institutions and participants constructed and in some instances resisted the term 'black'. This is also a reflexive account of some of the challenges and ethical conflicts encountered during the research process.