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Dances with Power: Michael Jackson, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and the Ambiguities of Race

Veit Erlmann

in Music, Modernity, and the Global Imagination: South Africa and the West

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195123678
eISBN:
9780199868797
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195123678.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter discusses the collaboration between Michael Jackson and Ladysmith Black Mambazo on the music video “Moonwalker”. In comparing Jackson's dance style with that of the South Africans, ... More


Consuming Passions, Wasted Efforts: Michael Jackson’s Financial(-ized) Melodramas

Judith Hamera

in Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780199348589
eISBN:
9780199348619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199348589.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, Dance

This chapter examines Michael Jackson’s fiscal travails from 2002 to the release of This Is It in 2010, reading coverage of his consumption, debt, and attempts at recovery as racialized public ... More


Michael Jackson, MTV, and Crossover Nostalgia

Michael D. Dwyer

in Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film, and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199356836
eISBN:
9780199356867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199356836.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter focuses on the role of Fifties nostalgia on MTV through the career of one of the era’s biggest and most influential figures: Michael Jackson. Jackson was the first Black artist to ... More


Coda: The Icon Is Dead: Mourning Michael Jackson

in Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226253022
eISBN:
9780226253053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226253053.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter, which evaluates various attempts to remember Michael Jackson that secure his blackness and masculinity as black icon, American icon, global icon, also covers the imaginings and ... More


The Labors of Michael Jackson: Transitional Deindustriality, Dance, and Virtuous(o) Work

Judith Hamera

in Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780199348589
eISBN:
9780199348619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199348589.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, Dance

Chapter 1 establishes Michael Jackson’s deindustriality, which is too frequently ignored in favor of white artists like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever or Bruce Springsteen. Jackson is the ... More


Pop Video: Michael Jackson's ‘Thriller’ and ‘Race’: Approach: ‘Race’ Studies

Peter Childs

in Texts: Contemporary Cultural Texts and Critical Approaches

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748620432
eISBN:
9780748671700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620432.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

One of Michael Jackson’s hit singles has the consistent line in its chorus, ‘It Don’t Matter If You’re Black Or White’: the statement of an ideal rather than a social fact. In Western society, white ... More


Tabloid Bodies: Princess Diana and Michael Jackson

Margaret Schwartz

in Dead Matter: The Meaning of Iconic Corpses

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780816694334
eISBN:
9781452953588
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816694334.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Chapter 3 takes as its starting point the social identity of the deceased and argues that tabloid bodies (in this case Princess Diana and Michael Jackson) must be invisible in order to maintain the ... More


“You can’t win, child, but you can’t get out of the game”: Michael Jackson’s transition from child star to superstar

Jacqueline Warwick

in Musical Prodigies: Interpretations from Psychology, Education, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199685851
eISBN:
9780191806049
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685851.003.0033
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter examines the early performance style of Michael Jackson and argues that his work as a child prodigy is crucial to understanding his adult career. As a young boy, Jackson was presented to ... More


The African American Child and the Media

Jeanne Pitre Soileau

in Yo' Mama, Mary Mack, and Boudreaux and Thibodeaux: Louisiana Children's Folklore and Play

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496810403
eISBN:
9781496810441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496810403.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The media had a far-ranging influence on the play of both white and African American South Louisiana children during the period 1967 to 2011. The movies, television, music videos, break dancing, ... More


Crossover Dreams: From Urban Cowboy to the King of Pop

David Brackett

in Categorizing Sound: Genre and Twentieth-Century Popular Music

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780520248717
eISBN:
9780520965317
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248717.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter focuses on the rise of the concept of “crossover” in response to the transformation of radio formats and music industry categories during the 1970s and early 1980s. Country music is ... More


Conclusion: Disquieting and Exciting: Queering Tools in Popular Music and Queer Becoming

Vincent L. Stephens

in Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042805
eISBN:
9780252051661
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042805.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter argues that the Queering Toolkit remains relevant for understanding contemporary performers and describes the emergence of new tools. The chapter briefly explores enfreakment and ... More


When Michael Jackson Grew Up: A Mother's Reflections on Race, Pop Culture, and Self-Acceptance

Deesha Philyaw

in When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807837238
eISBN:
9781469601427
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff.29
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter describes how the author does not want to debate whether or not Michael Jackson's skin changes were attributed to vitiligo, as he claimed publicly. The author also does not want to ... More


Introduction: “Never Can Say Goodbye”: US Deindustrialization as Unfinished Business

Judith Hamera

in Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780199348589
eISBN:
9780199348619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199348589.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, Dance

The introduction establishes Michael Jackson and the city of Detroit as exemplary figures of US deindustrialization: distinct cases demonstrating the racialization of structural economic change. It ... More


Freaks in the Reagan Era: Androgyny and the American Ideal of Manhood

Joseph Vogel

in James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter draws on Baldwin’s 1985 essay, “Freaks and the American Ideal of Manhood,” to examine how the Reagan-era ideal of masculinity was delineated and contested in popular culture. By the ... More


Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization

Judith Hamera

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780199348589
eISBN:
9780199348619
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199348589.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular, Dance

Unfinished Business argues that Michael Jackson and Detroit, both as material entities with specific histories and as representations with uncanny persistence, have something valuable to teach us ... More


The Dark Side of Beauty: From Convulsive Beauty to Makeover Disfiguration

Bernadette Wegenstein

in The Cosmetic Gaze: Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262232678
eISBN:
9780262301114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262232678.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

Plato, who coined the term kal ó kagatheia to express the quality of being raised correctly, believed that outer beauty and beauty of the soul go hand in hand. This chapter deals with the dark side ... More


Jazz Dance, Pop Culture, and the Music Video Era

Melanie George

in Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780813049298
eISBN:
9780813050119
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813049298.003.0023
Subject:
Music, Dance

More than any other dance form, jazz dance is most closely aligned with trends and contemporary popular music. In part, this is what makes jazz dance so difficult to define. Because it is always ... More


Conclusion: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other

Sharrona Pearl

in Face/On: Face Transplants and the Ethics of the Other

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226461229
eISBN:
9780226461533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226461533.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This concluding chapter examins public performances of facial and bodily manipulation by Orlan, Genesis P- Orridge, Michael Jackson, and Joan Rivers thinking about how these bodily canvases open up ... More


Encountering the Human

Tyler Roberts

in Encountering Religion: Responsibility and Criticism After Secularism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231147521
eISBN:
9780231535496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231147521.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents how the humanistic study of religion deviates from the modern academic template of disinterested inquiry. Humanistic inquiry involves disciplines of experimentation in which ... More


James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Joseph Vogel

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041747
eISBN:
9780252050411
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041747.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Few literary figures are as commonly referenced in contemporary culture as James Baldwin. In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, the election of Donald Trump, and daily debates about walls, ... More


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