Harlemworld by John L. Jackson Jr.
Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America

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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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John L. Jackson Jr. is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Society of Fellows.
 
Published May 1, 2010 by University of Chicago Press. 299 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Neatly and expertly weaving theory with analysis through these interviews (and while monitoring the increasingly rapid gentrification of the neighborhood), Jackson discovers that both identities built around race and class are far less monolithic than even Harlem residents believe.

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