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BIKO'S GHOST: THE ICONOGRAPHY OF BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS. Shannen L. Hill. University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2015. 414 pp. with 119 ills. (26 col.). 22 x 17 cm. LC 2015-52 ISBN 9780816676361 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 166430. Publisher's description: "When you say, 'Black is Beautiful,' what in fact you are saying is: Man, you are okay as you are; begin to look upon yourself as a human being." With such statements, Stephen Biko became the voice of Black Consciousness. And with Biko's brutal death in the custody of the South African police, he became a martyr, an enduring symbol of the horrors of apartheid. Through the lens of visual culture, Biko's Ghost reveals how the man and the ideology he promoted have profoundly influenced liberation politics and race discourse--in South Africa and around the globe--ever since. Tracing the linked histories of Black Consciousness and its most famous proponent, Biko's Ghost explores the concepts of unity, ancestry, and action that lie at the heart of the ideology and the man. It challenges the dominant historical view of Black Consciousness as ineffectual or racially exclusive, suppressed on the one side by the apartheid regime and on the other by the African National Congress. Engaging theories of trauma and representation, and icon and ideology, Shannen L. Hill considers the martyred Biko as an embattled icon, his image portrayals assuming different shapes and political meanings in different hands.
Indexing: Western, Africa, Non-Western in a Western Style — South Africa — Post-1970 — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 166429
Hardcover $105.00    

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