Black Bourgeoisie

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Simon and Schuster, 1957 - Social Science - 264 pages
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An examination of the black middle class in America, first published in 1957, but increasingly relevant as the division between prosperous blacks and an increasingly desperate underclass grows wider. When it was first published in 1957, E. Franklin Frazier's 'Black Bourgeoisie' was simultaneously reviled and revered - revered for its skillful dissection of one of America's most complex communities, reviled for daring to cast a critical eye on a section of black society that had achieved the trappings of the white, bourgeois ideal. To read 'Black Bourgeoisie' today is not only to experience one of the most important studies of African American life but also to realize how controversial and relevant Frazier's revelations and challenges remain.
  

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User Review  - Ralowe Ampu - Goodreads

i was always on my guard the whole time i was reading this. perhaps frazier might not be interrogating his fundamental internalized racism as much as i imagine myself to be, but his bigger point in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristl - Goodreads

Written in 1957 so much of it still rings true today. This book is incredible. Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
1
INTRODUCTION
9
Part IThe World of Reality
25
THE ECONOMIC BASIS OF MIDDLECLASS STATUS
43
EDUCATION OF THE BLACK BOURGEOISIE
60
POWER AND POLITICAL ORIENTATION
86
BREAK WITH THE TRADITIONAL BACKGROUND
112
INFERIORITY COMPLEX AND QUEST FOR STATUS
130
A SOCIAL MYTH
153
THE NEGRO PRESS AND WISHFULFILLMENT
174
STATUS WITHOUT SUBSTANCE
195
BEHIND THE MASKS
213
conclusion
233
notes
239
index of names
259
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