Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Stigma and Culture: Last-Place Anxiety in Black America

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Stigma and Culture: Last-Place Anxiety in Black America

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Matory, J. Lorand. Stigma and Culture: Last-Place Anxiety in Black America. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2015, pp.552, ISBN: 9780226297569.

This book shows how ethnic identification in the United States- and around the globe-is a competitive and hierarchical process in which populations, especially of historically stigmatized races, seek status and income by dishonoring other stigmatized populations. Hence, this work looks at the African American elite in academia, where it explores the emergent ethnic identities of African and Caribbean immigrants and transmigrants, Gullah/Geechees, Louisiana Creoles, and even Native Americans of partly African ancestry. It also describes the competitive process that hierarchically structures their self-definition as ethnic groups and the similar process by which middle-class African Americans seek distinction from their impoverished compatriots. …

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