In the global world of the twenty-first century, class boundaries are subtle and permeable, though real nonetheless. Markers of identity, authenticity, and belonging can change with a gesture or a glance, making people feel they do or don't belong in certain places, with certain people, at certain times. In these powerfully written ethnographic stories, Rhoda Halperin maps the boundaries of class by examining three themes: crossing class boundaries, class creativity, and class vulnerability.
In telling these stories, Halperin draws on a wealth of ethnographic experiences in this country and abroad. Her book challenges class stereotypes in ways that touch on universals across cultures and over time.
|Publisher:||University of Texas Press|
|Edition description:||1 ED|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)|
About the Author
Rhoda H. Halperin (1946–2009) was Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Montclair State from 2004–2009. She was also Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, at the University of Cincinnati.
Table of Contents
- Class Lines
- Part I: Crossing Class Boundaries
- Beach Badges
- A Partridge in a Pear Tree
- Sudden Death
- The Teacup Ministry
- City House
- Part II: Class Imagination and the Creativity of Class
- Class Artifacts
- Interior Decoration
- City Lines
- Part III: Class Vulnerability
- Bridal Shower
- No Legal Claim
- Epilogue: Shoobies Go Home
What People are Saying About This
This is a can't-put-it-down book. . . . The lives of the people touch you, compel you to go on reading. For many it will open a window of understanding; for others it will give validity to a way of life.
(Judith E. Marti, Associate Professor of Anthropology, California State University, Northridge)