HarlemworldDoing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America

HarlemworldDoing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America

John L. Jackson Jr.

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226389981

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

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, it is far more culturally and economically diverse than its caricature suggests: through extensive fieldwork and interviews, the author reveals a variety of social networks and class stratifications, and explores how African Americans interpret and perform different class identities in their everyday behavior.