Habitus of the Hood (Book)

Since the 1990s, popular culture the world over has frequently looked to the 'hood for inspiration, whether in music, film or television. Habitus of the Hood explores the myriad ways in which the hood has been conceived – both within the lived experiences of its residents and in the many mediated representations found in popular culture. Using a variety of methodologies including autoethnography, textual studies and critical discourse analysis, contributors analyse and connect these various conceptions.


Chris Richardson is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Ontario.

Hans Skott-Myhre is associate professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Brock University and the author of Youth and Subculture as Creative Force: Creating New Spaces for Radical Youth Work.

Chapter 1: Introduction – Chris Richardson and Hans A. Skott-Myhre
PART I: THE HOOD AS LIVED PRACTICE  Chris Richardson and Hans A. Skott-Myhre
Chapter 2: Resistance to the Present: Dead Prez – Hans A. Skott-Myhre
Chapter 3: Sì Siamo Italiani!: Ethnocultural Identity, Class Consciousness, and Anarchic Sensibilities in an Italian-Canadian Working-Class Enclave – Stephen L. Muzzatti
Chapter 4: Precarious Life: On Dwelling, Mobility, and Artistic Intervention – Erin Morton and Sarah E.K. Smith
Chapter 5: Living “The Strip”: Negotiating Neighborhood, Community, and Identity on Australia’s Gold Coast – Sarah Baker, Andy Bennett, and Patricia Wise
Chapter 6: Habitus and Rethinking the Discourse of Youth Gangs, Crime, Violence, and Ghetto Communities – Tamari Kitossa
Chapter 7: Activist Literacy in the Hood: Lessons for Youth and Urban Education – Pamela Hollander and Justin Hollander
Chapter 8: The Girls from Compton Go to College – Donna J. Nicol and Jennifer A. Yee
PART II: REPRESENTING THE HOOD IN MUSIC, FILM, AND ART – Chris Richardson and Hans A. Skott-Myhre
Chapter 9: Making “Changes”: 2Pac, Nas, and the Habitus of the Hood – Chris Richardson
Chapter 10: The Mobile Hood: Realness and the Rules of the Game – Thomas R. Britt
Chapter 11: Hip Hop’s Cultural Relevancy in the Hood: Examining the “Subversive” in Urban School Curricula – Katie Sciurba
Chapter 12: The Hood is Where the Heart is: Melodrama, Habitus, and the Hood Film – Andrew de Waard
Chapter 13: Do Not Believe the Hype: The Death and Resurrection of Public Housing in the American Visual Imagination – Nicola Mann
Chapter 14: From the Bronx to Berlin: Hip-Hop Gra!ti and Spatial Reconfigurations of the Hood – David Drissel
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