This lively, informative study provides an intimate view of the lived experience of race in urban America from a unique vantage: the corner store. Sociologist Monica McDermott spent a year working as a convenience store clerk in white working class neighborhoods in Atlanta and Boston in order to observe race relations between blacks and whites in a natural setting. Her findings illuminate the subtle cues and genuine misunderstandings that make up race relations in many urban communities, explore how racial interactions and racial identity are influenced by local context, and provide evidence of what many would prefer to believe does not exist: continued anti-black prejudice among white Americans. McDermott notes that while most black-white interactions are civil and unremarkable on the surface, interactions between blacks and whites living in close proximity are characterized by continual attempts to decipher the intent behind words, actions, and gestures, and that certain situations and topics of conversation, such as crime or gender relations, often elicit racial stereotypes or negative comments. Her keen insights on the nuances of race relations will make this book essential reading for students and anyone interested in life in contemporary urban America.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Monica McDermott is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University.
Table of Contents
List of Tables viiPreface and Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1Chapter 1. The Cities and the Sites: “The Crescent” in Atlanta and “Greenfield” in Boston 19Chapter 2. Experiences of White Racial Identity 38Chapter 3. Situational Contexts and Perceptions of Prejudice 59Chapter 4. The Implications of Diversity among Blacks for White Attitudes 79Chapter 5. Race, Crime, and Violence 104Chapter 6. Race, Gender, and Sexuality 130Conclusion 148Appendix 1. Cashiers, Neighbors, and Regular Customers 157Appendix 2. Notes on Methodology 159Notes 163References 167