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I Don't Like the BluesRace, Place, and the Backbeat of Black Life$
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B. Brian Foster

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469660424

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469660424.001.0001

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We Ain’t That No Mo’

We Ain’t That No Mo’

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(p.43) 2 We Ain’t That No Mo’
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I Don't Like the Blues
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B. Brian Foster

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469660424.003.0004

Chapter two chronicles the ways that Black residents of Clarksdale define, talk about, and "use" the blues. Foster identifies three elements of blues talk—definitions that center personal memories and past experiences, definitions that draw distinctions between who can and cannot sing/live the blues, and definitions that celebrate a shared sense of group belonging. Foster considers the role that these definitions—and the feelings they engender—play in process of racial identity and social boundary making.

Keywords:   Racial Identity, Boundary Making, Group Belonging, Blues talk, Blues, Clarksdale, Mississippi, Memory

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