Race, Class, and Culture: A Study in Afro-American Mass Opinion

Race, Class, and Culture: A Study in Afro-American Mass Opinion

by Robert C. Smith, Richard Seltzer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791409465

ISBN-13: 9780791409466

Pub. Date: 07/28/1992

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Race is arguably the most profound and enduring cleavage in American society and politics. This book examines the sources and dynamics of the race cleavage in American society through a detailed analysis of intergroup and intragroup differences at the level of mass opinion. The ethclass theory, which examines the intersection of ethnicity and class, is used to

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Race is arguably the most profound and enduring cleavage in American society and politics. This book examines the sources and dynamics of the race cleavage in American society through a detailed analysis of intergroup and intragroup differences at the level of mass opinion. The ethclass theory, which examines the intersection of ethnicity and class, is used to analyze interracial differences in mass attitudes. This analysis yields three clusters of opinion that distinguish African Americans from whites — religiosity, interpersonal alienation, and political liberalism. The authors then examine the intragroup sources of these opinion differences among blacks in terms of class, gender, age, region, and religion. While the authors demonstrate an embryonic trend of more black middle class opinion agreement with whites, the book confirms the ethclass character of the black experience whereby race and race consciousness are still more significant than class in shaping black attitudes.

Given the growing class bifurcation in black America and the continuing debate about its significance in shaping black attitudes and behavior, this book offers a refreshing new analysis of the homogeneity as well as heterogeneity of black mass public opinion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791409466
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/28/1992
Series:
SUNY series in African American Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222

Table of Contents

Tables

Preface

1. Theoretical Perspectives

2. Patterning of Racial Differences in Mass Culture

3. Class and the Patterning of Racial Differences in Mass Culture

4. The Internal Foundations of Afro-American Mass Culture

5. Afro-American Culture and the Internal Dynamics of Mass Culture

6. Conclusion

Appendix

Notes

References

Index

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