What is the best way to understand black political ideology? Just listen to the everyday talk that emerges in public spaces, suggests Melissa Harris-Lacewell. And listen this author has--to black college students talking about the Million Man March and welfare, to Southern, black Baptists discussing homosexuality in the church, to black men in a barbershop early on a Saturday morning, to the voices of hip-hop music and Black Entertainment Television.
Using statistical, experimental, and ethnographic methods Barbershops, Bibles, and B.E.T offers a new perspective on the way public opinion and ideologies are formed at the grassroots level. The book makes an important contribution to our understanding of black politics by shifting the focus from the influence of national elites in opinion formation to the influence of local elites and people in daily interaction with each other. Arguing that African Americans use community dialogue to jointly develop understandings of their collective political interests, Harris-Lacewell identifies four political ideologies that constitute the framework of contemporary black political thought: Black Nationalism, Black Feminism, Black Conservatism and Liberal Integrationism. These ideologies, the book posits, help African Americans to understand persistent social and economic inequality, to identify the significance of race in that inequality, and to devise strategies for overcoming it.
|Publisher:||Princeton University Press|
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Table of Contents
List of Tables ix
List of Figures xi
Everyday Talk and Ideology 1
Ideology in Action: The Promise of Orange Grove 35
Black Talk, Black Thought: Evidence in National Data 79
Policing Conservatives, Believing Feminists: Reactions to Unpopular Ideologies in Everyday Black Talk 110
Appendix 4.1 153
Appendix 4.2 157
Truth and Soul: Black Talk in the Barbershop Written with Quincy T. Mills 162
Speaking to, Speaking for, Speaking with: Black Ideological Elites 204
Everyday Black Talk at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century 250