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The Resource Blue-chip Black : race, class, and status in the new Black middle class, Karyn R. Lacy

Blue-chip Black : race, class, and status in the new Black middle class, Karyn R. Lacy

Label
Blue-chip Black : race, class, and status in the new Black middle class
Title
Blue-chip Black
Title remainder
race, class, and status in the new Black middle class
Statement of responsibility
Karyn R. Lacy
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The term "black middle class" conjures up a monolithic image of blacks whose everyday lives do not differ significantly from that of their working class or poor black neighbors as they struggle to make ends meet, to negotiate crime-ridden neighborhoods, to cope with grossly underperforming schools and poor municipal services. We have an exceedingly narrow perception of what it means to be black and middle class in America, but as Karyn Lacy's innovative work in the suburbs of Washington, DC reveals, there is actually a continuum of middle-classness among blacks, ranging from lower-middle class to middle-middle class to upper-middle class. Focusing exclusively on the latter two groups, Lacy explores an increasingly important social and demographic phenomenon: middle-class blacks who live in distinctly middle-class suburbs where lower class blacks are not present -- one predominately white, another majority black, yet another black and upper-middle class. These "blue-chip black" suburbanites earn well over $50,000 annually, live in desirable neighborhoods, work in predominantly white professional environments, and some have never had to endure economic hardship. Peering into their lives reveals a world largely unknown - to either social scientists or the average person. By studying three different types of stable middle-class communities, Lacy discovers something new: living in particular kinds of suburban communities results in different effects on how middle-class blacks think about and maintain their identities as black people in America. Blue-Chip Black shows that although some middle class blacks enjoy lifestyles that closely resemble their white counterparts, there is one crucial distinction: middle-class whites fit the public image of the middle class and may therefore take their middle-class status for granted, but similarly situated blacks believe that they must work harder and more deliberately and consistently to make their status known to others. Yet, Lacy finds that there are meaningful differences in how the three groups of middle-class blacks go about doing this work. The three groups of middle-class blacks have different strategies for defining themselves relative to those above and below them in the class structure. Using ethnographic observation and interviews with black couples and families living in the Washington, DC suburbs, Lacy examines the complicated sense of identity these group crafts to manage its interactions with lower-class blacks, middle-class whites, and other middle-class blacks as they seek to reap the benefits of their middle-class status. The result is a clear, insightful, and innovative addition to urban ethnography and cultural sociology, as well as a singular contribution to the ongoing debate about black identity
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
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Lacy, Karyn R.
Dewey number
305.896/0730722
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.86
LC item number
.L325 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Middle class African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Middle class
  • Social status
  • United States
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Middle class
  • Social status
  • Washington Region
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Middle class
  • Social status
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Middle class
  • Social status
  • United States
  • Washington Region
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Middle class
  • Middle class African Americans
  • Race relations
  • Social status
  • United States
  • Washington (D.C.) Region
  • Ethnische Beziehungen
  • Mittelstand
  • Washington, DC
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Middle class
  • Middle class
  • Social status
  • Social status
  • Mittelstand
  • Rassenbeziehung
  • United States
  • Washington <DC>
Label
Blue-chip Black : race, class, and status in the new Black middle class, Karyn R. Lacy
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"The George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies"--Preliminary page
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-268) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • Public identities : managing race in public spaces
  • 4.
  • Status-based identities : protecting and reproducing middle-class status
  • 5.
  • Race- and class-based identities : strategic assimilation in middle-class suburbia
  • 6.
  • Suburban identities : building alliances with neighbors
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix : A recipe for studying the black middle class
  • List of illustrations
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1.
  • Defining the post-integration black middle classes
  • 2.
  • Social organization in Washington's suburbia
Control code
71004064
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xx, 281 pages
Isbn
9780520251168
Lccn
2006025496
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)71004064
Label
Blue-chip Black : race, class, and status in the new Black middle class, Karyn R. Lacy
Publication
Note
"The George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies"--Preliminary page
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-268) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 3.
  • Public identities : managing race in public spaces
  • 4.
  • Status-based identities : protecting and reproducing middle-class status
  • 5.
  • Race- and class-based identities : strategic assimilation in middle-class suburbia
  • 6.
  • Suburban identities : building alliances with neighbors
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix : A recipe for studying the black middle class
  • List of illustrations
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1.
  • Defining the post-integration black middle classes
  • 2.
  • Social organization in Washington's suburbia
Control code
71004064
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xx, 281 pages
Isbn
9780520251168
Lccn
2006025496
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)71004064

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