In the late 1980's, gangsta rap music emerged in urban America, giving voice to, and making money for, a social group widely considered to be in crisis: young, poor, black men.
Laurie Taylor talks to Dr Eithne Quinn Lecturer in American studies at the University of Manchester about her book Nuthin' but a "g" thang - the culture and commerce of gangsta rap. She argues that gangsta rap both reflected and reinforced the decline in popular protest politics whilst also mirroring the rise in individualism and entrepreneurialism that took place after the 1970's.
In a new book Space Invaders - Race, Gender and Bodies out of Place, Nirmal Puwar argues that an increasing number of women and minorities are entering fields where white male power has been firmly entrenched. She suggests that the spaces they come to occupy are not empty or neutral, but are imbued with a masculine history and meaning.
Nirmal Puwar, Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmith's College, London and Matthew Parris, broadcaster and critic, join Laurie to discuss whether certain bodies are naturally entitled to certain spaces.
Dr Eithne Quinn
Lecturer in American studies at the University of Manchester
Nuthin' but a "g" thang - the culture and commerce of gangsta rap
Columbia University Press
Track (15): Can U Control Yo Hoe
CD: R&G Rhythm and Gangsta - The Masterpiece
Performer: Snoop Dogg
Record Label: Geffen Records 0602498648414
Lecturer in Sociology Goldsmiths College London
Space invaders - Race, Gender and Bodies Out of Place
ISBN: 1 85973 654 8
Broadcaster and critic
Track (9): Bo Duddley
CD: Derek and Clive (Live)
Performer: Dudley Moore
Record Label: ISLAND IMCD7
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