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“A part of the neighbourhood?”: negotiating race in American suburbs

Karyn R. Lacy (Emory University, USA)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 1 February 2002

Abstract

Compares race relations in two suburban communities in order to show that middle‐class blacks meet with some success when they temporarily exchange their racial identity for a class‐based identity. Collects data through ethnography and individual interview to examine the conditions under which middle‐class blacks construct and assert a sub‐urban identity. States that success varies with the racial composition of the suburban community and the white neighbours’ level of the satisfaction with the community.

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Lacy, K.R. (2002), "“A part of the neighbourhood?”: negotiating race in American suburbs", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 22 No. 1/2/3, pp. 39-74. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443330210789951

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