Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack PDF

By Ytasha L. Womack

ISBN-10: 1613747993

ISBN-13: 9781613747995

Comprising components of the avant-garde, technology fiction, state-of-the-art hip-hop, black comix, and image novels, Afrofuturism spans either underground and mainstream popular culture. With a twofold goal to entertain and enlighten, Afrofuturists attempt to collapse racial, ethnic, and all social barriers to empower and loose participants to be themselves. This publication introduces readers to the burgeoning artists developing Afrofuturist works, the background of innovators some time past, and the wide variety of topics they discover. From the sci-fi literature of Samuel Delany, Octavia Butler, and NK Jemisin to the musical cosmos of sunlight Ra, George Clinton, and the Black Eyed Peas', to the visible and multimedia artists encouraged via African Dogon myths and Egyptian deities, themes diversity from the "alien" adventure of blacks in the United States to the "wake up" cry that peppers sci-fi literature, sermons, and activism. Interviews with rappers, composers, musicians, singers, authors, comedian illustrators, painters, and DJs, in addition to Afrofuturist professors, supply a firsthand examine this attention-grabbing circulation.

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TheoretischerRahmen SchlieBlich gilt es ja die spezifischen Konstellationen zu rekonstruieren, die BE zu einem attraktiveren Mittel zur Befriedigung sozialer Anerkennung machen im Vergleich zu vielen anderen ,,Zwischengt~tern" (Esser 1999), die ebenso zur Produktion sozialer Anerkennung fdhren k0nnen. Der Rekurs auf das Anerkennungsmotiv bleibt somit zu allgemein: er abstrahiert von den spezifischen Handlungsgrt~nden, die far die Aust~bung eines bestimmten BE konstitutiv sind. Aber auch Erlinghagens Versuch BE t~ber indirekt realisierte Nebenmotive (Chancen sozialer Kontrolle durch freiwillige, unentgeltliche Partizipation an der Produktion 0ffentlicher Grater) bleibt begrenzt, da er nur in bestimmten Konstellationen greift is.

Die Unterstellung, dass ein spezifisches Handlungssystem- wie Freundschaft oder Marktbeziehung- vorliegt, fdhrt dazu, dass die Bedeutung bestimmter Orientierungsebenen wie ,,Affektrelevanz", des ,,Interessensvorrangs", der ,,Standards", der ,,Kriterien" und ,,Reichweite" in spezifischer Weise als binfire Oppositionen ausgelegt und sondiert werden. Es handelt sich um differente Modi des in einem Handlungssystem verf'dgbaren Wir-Sinns. h. h. sie ragt in verschiedenste Bereiche der Lebenspraxis einer Person (bzw.

Tugendhat 1979), verh~lt sich ein Akteur auch dann schon zu sich selbst, wenn er selbst am wenigsten daran denkt: in seiner Handlungspraxis. Die Struktur eines praktischen Selbstverh~iltniss e s 24 bleibt von gesellschaftlichen Skripts zur Bewfiltigung der Lebenspraxis nicht unbertihrt. Die Selbstbektimmerung eines Menschen steigert sich nfimlich in dem Ma6e, wie in der modernen Gesellschaft vergangene Erfahrungen keine verlfisslichen Garantien mehr ft~r zuktinftige Handlungskonsequenzen darstellen und dar~ber hinaus gesellschaftliche Erwartungen einen Akteur weniger zu bestimmtem Verhalten verpflichten als zur Erweiterung seines individuellen Optionenraums anregen.

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