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She's Mad RealPopular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn$
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Oneka LaBennett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814752470

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814752470.001.0001

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“Our Museum”

“Our Museum”

Mapping Race, Gender, and West Indian Transnationalism

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She's Mad Real

Oneka LaBennett

NYU Press

This chapter presents an ethnographic mapping of the youngsters' journeys within and beyond the confines of the Brooklyn Children's Museum (BCM), placing West Indian immigrant youth within the racial and gender-based obstacles Black teens must traverse as they navigate New York City. Outings to a Barnes and Noble bookstore, a McDonald's restaurant, and a movie theater, along with the teens' uses of cellular phones, emerge as conflict-ridden sites. The chapter addresses the prominent role of consumer culture in shaping the lives of these urban dwellers and interprets the youths' extracurricular activities in and around BCM as spatializing forces that help to construct transnational racial and gender identities.

Keywords:   Brooklyn Children's Museum, West Indian immigrant youth, New York City, spatializing forces, consumer culture

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