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Black Boys: The Social Aesthetics of British Urban Film produces the first dedicated analysis, drawing on film studies, sociological and media studies perspectives, and through historicization and contextualisation, that seeks to understand the emergence and allure of the black urban film genre for filmmakers, broadcasters and audiences in the contemporary British mediascape. It locates the genre at the intersection of complex filmic, socio-political and media relations and modes of production that are themselves intertwined with political, legislative and cultural agendas tied to post-multiculturalist and neoliberalist tendencies within film industry and public service broadcasting frameworks.

Further, the book relates the contextual with the textual through a range of case studies of key films from the urban genre such as Attack the Block and Bullet Boy through a reliance on film and cultural studies approaches. Particularly, the book provides a strong textual analysis of the films in question, moving beyond the often sociologically-dominated frameworks for such interpretations and approaches the case studies of films through alternative analytical optics including architecture and space, allegory, crime discourses and popular music.

Black Boys poses empirical questions not only of what constitutes British Urban Cinema, but whether inherited understandings of the genre, however defined, can present an authentic analysis of the social, cultural and political realities of Britain's urban youth within film culture.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm theory & criticismFilm, TV & DramaTelevisionPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesMedia StudiesTV & society Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publication Date: 18/05/2023 ISBN-13: 9781501352829  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Dr. Clive Nwonka is a Lecturer in Film, Culture and Society in the Institute of Advanced Studies at University College London, UK. Nwonka's research centres on the study of Black British and African American film, with a particular focus on the images of Black urbanity and the modes through which Black identities are shaped by representations of social environments, architecture, social anxieties and the hegemony of neoliberalism within forms of Black popular culture. In addition, he has published extensively on racial inequality in the creative industries and 'diversity' policy frameworks that are equally born from broader political discourses on race, racism and cultural difference. Nwonka is the co-editor of the book Black Film/British Cinema II, the second iteration of the landmark 1988 ICA Document 7, and is the co-author of the book Race and Racism in the Creative Industries (2022).

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