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Unpublished Paper
PATHS TO PRESTIGE: CONSUMER CULTURE AND THE BLACK MIDDLE CLASS
(2013)
  • David Crockett, University of South Carolina
Abstract

This research excavates the consumption strategies of middle-class Blacks, investigating them through the lens of everyday consumption to better understand ethno-racial identity construction. The data is drawn on a purposive sample of middle-class Blacks living in the southeastern USA. Drawing on boundary theory, the findings reveal multiple strategies for ethno-racial identity construction at the interpersonal level. Informants draw identity-defining boundaries around essentialized notions of culture and networks of mutual obligation. Implications for the ontology of ethnicity and are discussed.

Keywords
  • Boundary Theory,
  • Consumer Acculturation,
  • Ethnicity,
  • Race,
  • Identity
Publication Date
2013
Citation Information
David Crockett. "PATHS TO PRESTIGE: CONSUMER CULTURE AND THE BLACK MIDDLE CLASS" (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dcrockett17/9/