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 analyze and connect these various conceptions.

Category: Cultural Studies


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
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
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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