Whispers on the Color Line: Rumor and Race in America / Edition 1

Whispers on the Color Line: Rumor and Race in America / Edition 1

by Gary Alan Fine
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520228553

ISBN-13: 2900520228558

Pub. Date: 05/18/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

"Fine and Turner present a wonderful exploration into what our seemingly mundane rumor-sharing means for race in our society. Filled with examples that we all can recognize, and superbly written and argued, Whispers on the Color Line will be a classic in the study of race and culture."‹Mary Pattillo-McCoy, author of Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among

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"Fine and Turner present a wonderful exploration into what our seemingly mundane rumor-sharing means for race in our society. Filled with examples that we all can recognize, and superbly written and argued, Whispers on the Color Line will be a classic in the study of race and culture."‹Mary Pattillo-McCoy, author of Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril among the Black Middle Class

"The authors document the yawning social-cultural chasm in the nation. Contradicting the tepid national narrative that celebrates the "before" and "after" racial transformation achieved by the civil rights struggle, Whispers on the Color Line reminds us that the "peculiar dilemma" Gunnar Myrdal wrote about fifty-seven years ago is still very much with us. Until the "whispers" grow into a far more open and honest dialogue, nothing will change."‹Doug McAdam, author of Freedom Summer

Author Biography: Gary Alan Fine is Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. Among his books are Kitchens: The Culture of Restaurant Work (California, 1994), Difficult Reputations (2000), and Manufacturing Tales: Sex and Money in Contemporary Legends (1992). Patricia A. Turner is Vice-Provost of Undergraduate Studies and Professor of African American and African Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African American Culture (California, 1993) and Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Influence on Culture (1994).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900520228558
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/18/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
1.Rumor in the Life of America: Riots and Race29
2.How Rumor Works53
3.Mercantile Rumor in Black and White81
4.The Enemy in Washington113
5.The Wages of Sin: Stories of Sex and Immorality147
6.On the Road Again: Rumors of Crime and Confrontation167
7.Cries and Whispers: Race and False Accusations191
8.Coming Clean210
Notes231
Index251

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