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Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America


Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America

Harlem is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world—a historic symbol of both black cultural achievement and of the rigid boundaries separating the rich from the poor. But as this book shows us, Harlem is far more culturally and economically diverse than its caricature suggests: through extensive fieldwork and interviews, John L. Jackson reveals a variety of social networks and class stratifications, and explores how African Americans interpret and perform different class identities in their everyday behavior.

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299 pages | 6 halftones, 2 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2001

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Culture Studies

Geography: Urban Geography

History: American History

Sociology: Race, Ethnic, and Minority Relations, Urban and Rural Sociology

Table of Contents

Introduction: Doing Harlem, Touring Harlemworld
1 Making Harlem Black: Race, Place, and History in "African Americans’ Africa"
2 Class Histories and Class Theories in a Raceful Social World
3 Birthdays, Basketball, and Breaking Bread: Negotiating with Class in Contemporary Black America
4 Class(ed) Acts, or Class Is as Class Does
5 White Harlem: Toward the Performative Limits of Blackness
6 Cinematicus Ethnographicus: Race and Class in an Ethnographic Land of Make-Believe
Conclusion: Undoing Harlemworld


American Studies Association: John Hope Franklin Publication Prize
Honorable Mention

ASA Community and Urban Sociology Section: Robert E. Park Award

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