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Harlem World: Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America



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Harlem is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the worlda 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.

Author Biography

John L. Jackson Jr. is an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Doing Harlem, Touring Harlemworld 1(16)
Making Harlem Black: Race, Place, and History in ``African Americans' Africa''
Class Histories and Class Theories in a Raceful Social World
Birthdays, Basketball, and Breaking Bread: Negotiating with Class in Contemporary Black America
Class(ed) Acts, or Class Is as Class Does
White Harlem: Toward the Performative Limits of Blackness
Cinematicus Ethnographicus: Race and Class in an Ethnographic Land of Make-Believe
Conclusion: Undoing Harlemworld 223(10)
Notes 233(40)
Index 273

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