A Ratchet Lens: Black Queer Youth, Agency, Hip Hop, and the Black Ratchet Imagination

@article{Love2017ARL,
  title={A Ratchet Lens: Black Queer Youth, Agency, Hip Hop, and the Black Ratchet Imagination},
  author={Bettina L. Love},
  journal={Educational Researcher},
  year={2017},
  volume={46},
  pages={539 - 547}
}
This article explores the utilization of the theory of a Black ratchet imagination as a methodological perspective to examine the multiple intersections of Black and queer identity constructions within the space of hip hop. In particular, I argue for the need of a methodological lens that recognizes, appreciates, and struggles with the fluidity, imagination, precarity, agency, and knowledge production of Black queer youth who create and consume hip hop. As an example, I apply a Black ratchet… 
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