Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America

John L. Jackson Jr.


John L. Jackson Jr.

299 pages | 6 halftones, 2 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2001
Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780226389998 Published April 2003
Cloth $32.00 ISBN: 9780226389981 Published December 2001
E-book $10.00 to $27.99 About E-books ISBN: 9780226390000 Published May 2010
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.
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
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ASA Community and Urban Sociology Section: Robert E. Park Award

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