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Humboldt Journal of Social Relations

Issue 37 - Race, Gender & Class in Popular Culture

This special edition of Humboldt Journal of Social Relations focuses on the historic and
contemporary relationship people of color have with the production and consumption of
popular culture. Specifically we examine intersections of race, gender, and class in popular
culture. As a form of entertainment, popular culture reflects an amalgam of complex, and
sometimes contradictory, social meanings and relations. On one hand, popular culture has been used as a mechanism that (re)produces white supremacist ideologies and practices, that is, how popular culture effects racists ideologies, controlling images, and discrimination. On the other hand, it illustrates how people of color have used popular culture to create a counter-discourse to white supremacy, that is, to (re)produce cultural values with goals of community building
and empowerment.

Race, Gender & Class in Popular Culture

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