Murda', Misogyny, and Mayhem: Hip-Hop and the Culture of Abnormality in the Urban Community is a sociological work that utilizes a historical materialist perspective to expose the harmful effects of hip hop as a regulated industry, music, and culture. Spencer skillfully uses works by Antonio Gramsci and Paolo Freire as a backdrop to analyze how "hip hop" media reflects the stereotypical images that were used to justify enslavement, influences the culture of abnormality in the African American (urban) community, and promotes the prison industrial complex. This work is exceptionally innovative because it places the destruction of urban life and the urban experience in a theoretical and qualitative methodological frame. In so doing, Spencer thoroughly dissects the nature and purpose of the media as an industry designed to manipulate public perception of African Americans in the urban community. This careful analysis allows the reader to examine the relationship between the presentation of hip hop and the prevalence of murder, misogyny, and mayhem in the urban community.
Zoe Spencer is an associate professor of sociology at Virginia State University. Her research interests range from the sociopolitical influence on global capitalism to African American studies. She has dedicated her life to not only academia but also social and political activism and raising the consciousness of students and community members through her presentations, research, and publications.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 Preface Chapter 4 Introduction Chapter 5 Understanding Hegemony Chapter 6 The Media as a Hegemonic Tool Chapter 7 The History of African Americans in Mainstream Film: A Sociopolitical and Historical Analysis Chapter 8 Three Dollars and Six Dimes 360 Chapter 9 Critiquing the Game: Rappin' Murda', Misogyny, and Mayhem Chapter 10 Internalizing the Lie: The Psycho-Social Ramifications of "Keeping it Real" Chapter 11 What does Hip-Hop have to do with Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell? Chapter 12 The Roots: Buried Underground and Neo-Soul Chapter 13 Black Consciousness, Black Power Chapter 14 Conclusion Chapter 15 Bibliography