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Working-Class White: The Making and Unmaking of Race Relations / Edition 1

Working-Class White: The Making and Unmaking of Race Relations / Edition 1

by Monica McDermott
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520248090
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 07/28/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 211
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 vii
Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1. The Cities and the Sites: “The Crescent” in Atlanta and “Greenfield” in Boston 19
Chapter 2. Experiences of White Racial Identity 38
Chapter 3. Situational Contexts and Perceptions of Prejudice 59
Chapter 4. The Implications of Diversity among Blacks for White Attitudes 79
Chapter 5. Race, Crime, and Violence 104
Chapter 6. Race, Gender, and Sexuality 130

Conclusion 148

Appendix 1. Cashiers, Neighbors, and Regular Customers 157
Appendix 2. Notes on Methodology 159
Notes 163
References 167

Index 187

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