Black Picket Fences

Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class

Mary Pattillo-McCoy

Black Picket Fences
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Mary Pattillo-McCoy

283 pages | 2 line drawings, 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 1999
Cloth $32.00 ISBN: 9780226649283 Published October 1999
Paper $17.00 ISBN: 9780226649290 Published November 2000
Black Picket Fences is a stark, moving, and candid look at a section of America that is too often ignored by both scholars and the media: the black middle class. The result of living for three years in "Groveland," a black middle-class neighborhood on Chicago's South Side, sociologist Mary Pattillo-McCoy has written a book that explores both the advantages and the boundaries that exist for members of the black middle class. Despite arguments that race no longer matters, Pattillo-McCoy shows a different reality, one where black and white middle classes remain separate and unequal.

"An insightful look at the socio-economic experiences of the black middle class. . . . Through the prism of a South Side Chicago neighborhood, the author shows the distinctly different reality middle-class blacks face as opposed to middle-class whites." —Ebony

"A detailed and well-written account of one neighborhood's struggle to remain a haven of stability and prosperity in the midst of the cyclone that is the American economy." —Emerge
1. The Black Middle Class: Who, When, and Where?
2. The Making of Groveland
3. Generations through a Changing Economy
4. Neighborhood Networks and Crime
5. Growing Up in Groveland
6. In a Ghetto Trance
7. Nike's Reign
8. William "Spider" Waters, Jr.: Straddling Two Worlds
9. Typical Terri Jones
Appendix A: Research Method
Appendix B: Groveland Neighborhood Characteristics
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