Accent on Privilege: English Identities and Anglophilia in the U.S.

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Temple University Press, 2001 - Social Science - 284 pages
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Accent on Privilege looks at the complexities of immigration, asking how native and immigrant construct race, gender, class and national identity. Katharine Jones investigates how white English immigrants live in the United States and how they use their status as privileged foreigners to gain the upper hand with Americans. Their privilege, she finds, is created by both American Anglophilia and the ways they perform their identities as "proper" English women and men in their host country. Jones looks at the cultural aspects of this performance: how English people play up their accents, "stiff upper lip," sense of humor and fashion - even the way they drink beer. The political and cultural ties between England and the US act as a backdrop for the identity negotiations of these English people, many of whom do not even consider themselves to be immigrants. This unique exploration of the workings of white privilege offers an important new understanding of the paradoxes of how class, gender, and race are formed in the US and, by implication, in the UK. Author note: Katharine W. Jones is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Philadelphia University.
 

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Herself an English immigrant, Jones (sociology, Philadelphia Univ.) analyzes the experiences of 34 other white upper- or middle-class English immigrants to the United States. She reveals the ... Read full review

Contents

Negotiating Nationalism
17
Class Race Nation
61
English People
108
White Mischief? Doing Conceptual Work with
141
To Be English or Not? Constructing Identities
198
Descriptions of Interviewees
225
References
257
Index
277
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Katharine W. Jones is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Philadelphia University.

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