ERIC Number: EJ1162778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
A Ratchet Lens: Black Queer Youth, Agency, Hip Hop, and the Black Ratchet Imagination
Love, Bettina L.
Educational Researcher, v46 n9 p539-547 Dec 2017
This article explores the utilization of the theory of a Black ratchet imagination as a methodological perspective to examine the multiple intersections of Black and queer identity constructions within the space of hip hop. In particular, I argue for the need of a methodological lens that recognizes, appreciates, and struggles with the fluidity, imagination, precarity, agency, and knowledge production of Black queer youth who create and consume hip hop. As an example, I apply a Black ratchet imagination methodological perspective to an examination of New Orleans's bounce culture. I conclude the article by underscoring the need for humanizing, hyper-local, and messy theoretical frameworks that provide further context for research investigating Black queer youth whose identities are informed by the culture of hip hop.
Descriptors: Popular Culture, African American Education, Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Identification (Psychology), Music, Cultural Influences, Feminism, Research Needs, Dance, Geographic Location, Youth
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana (New Orleans)
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