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The Cultural Territories of Race : Black and White Boundaries - Michele Lamont

The Cultural Territories of Race

Black and White Boundaries

Paperback Published: 15th May 1999
ISBN: 9780226468365
Number Of Pages: 432

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Even as America becomes more multiracial, the black-white divide remains central to understanding many patterns and tensions in contemporary society. Since the 1960s, however, social scientists concerned with this topic have been reluctant to discuss the cultural dimensions of racial inequality--not wanting to "blame the victim" for having "wrong values." "The Cultural Territories of Race" redirects this research tendency, employing today's more sophisticated methods of cultural analysis toward a new understanding of how cultural structures articulate the black/white problem.
These essays examine the cultural territories of race through topics such as blacks' strategies for dealing with racism, public categories for definition of race, and definitions of rules for cultural memberships. Empirically grounded, these studies analyze divisions among blacks according to their relationships with whites or with alternative black culture; differences among whites regarding their attitudes toward blacks; and differences both among blacks and between blacks and whites, in their cultural understandings of various aspects of social life ranging from material success to marital life and to ideas about feminism. The essays teach us about the largely underexamined cultural universes of black executives, upwardly mobile college students, fast-food industry workers, so-called deadbeat dads, and proponents of Afrocentric curricula.
"The Cultural Territories of Race" makes an important contribution to current policy debates by amplifying muted voices that have too often been ignored by other social scientists.
Contributors are: Elijah Anderson, Amy Binder, Bethany Bryson, Michael C. Dawson, Catherine Ellis, Herbert J. Gans, Jennifer L. Hochschild, Michele Lamont, Jane J. Mansbridge, Katherine S. Newman, Maureen R. Waller, Pamela Barnhouse Walters, Mary C. Waters, Julia Wrigley, Alford A. Young Jr.

Introduction: Beyond Taking Culture Seriously
Dealing with Racism
The Social Situation of the Black Executive: Black and White Identities in the Corporate Worldp. 3
Navigating Race: Getting Ahead in the Lives of "Rags to Riches" Young Black Menp. 30
Explaining the Comfort Factor: West Indian Immigrants Confront American Race Relationsp. 63
Is Racial Oppression Intrinsic to Domestic Work? The Experiences of Children's Caregivers in Contemporary Americap. 97
Class and Culture
Above "People Above"? Status and Worth among White and Black Workersp. 127
There's No Shame in My Game": Status and Stigma among Harlem's Working Poorp. 151
Meanings and Motives in New Family Stories: The Separation of Reproduction and Marriage among Low-Income Black and White Parentsp. 182
Education and the Politics of Peace
Friend and Foe: Boundary Work and Collective Identity in the Afrocentric and Multicultural Curriculum Movements in American Public Educationp. 221
Multiculturalism as a Moving Moral Boundary: Literature Professors Redefine Racismp. 249
Education and Advancement: Exploring the Hopes and Dreams of Blacks and Poor Whites at the Turn of the Centuryp. 268
Ideology and the Politics of Race
"You're Too Independent!": How Gender, Race, and Class Make Many Plural Feminismsp. 291
"Dis Beat Disrupts": Rap, Ideology, and Black Political Attitudesp. 318
Affirmative Action as Culture Warp. 343
epilogue: the Future at Racial Classification
The Possibility of a New Racial Hierarchy in the Twenty-First-Century United Statesp. 371
About the Contributorsp. 391
Indexp. 397
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ISBN: 9780226468365
ISBN-10: 0226468364
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 15th May 1999
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 2