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Thinking BlackBritain, 1964-1985$
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Rob Waters

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520293847

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520293847.001.0001

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Political Blackness

Political Blackness

Brothers And Sisters

(p.51) Two Political Blackness
Thinking Black

Rob Waters

University of California Press

Thinking black held people together across their differences. This chapter explores how this holding-together worked, looking at how different groups articulated blackness as they spoke in its name, as well as looking at the materiality of black political cultures—how these operated within a wider expressive culture and how they were affectively charged. The chapter uses the case of the Soledad Brothers to study how Britons defined themselves and their politics as black. It shows their negotiation of Black Power’s often stark masculinity and its African American hegemony. It also draws attention to the processes and problems they encountered building up a political blackness premised on solidarity across differences of ethnicity and gender, making a case for the importance of the immersive and intimate dimensions of black political culture for such alliances.

Keywords:   affect, Afrocentrism, black culture, black feminism, blackness, Black Power, masculinity, political blackness, Soledad Brothers, solidarity

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