Competence and Religion in the Cultural Repertoire of the African American Elite

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Competence and Religion in the Cultural Repertoire of the African American Elite

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dc.contributor.author Fleming, Crystal
dc.contributor.author Lamont, Michele
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-07T15:19:36Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.citation Lamont, Michèle, and Crystal Marie Fleming. 2005. Competence and religion in the cultural repertoire of the African American elite. Du Bois Review 2(1): 29-43. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1742-058X en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1742-0598 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3428543
dc.description.abstract This exploratory study makes a contribution to the literature on antiracism by unpacking the cultural categories through which <i>everyday antiracism</i> is experienced and practiced by extraordinarily successful African Americans. Using a phenomenological approach, we focus on processes of classification to analyze the criteria that members of the African American elite mobilize to compare racial groups and establish their equality. We first summarize results from earlier work on the antiracist strategies of White and African American workers. Second, drawing upon in-depth interviews with members of the Black elite, we show that demonstrating intelligence and competence, and gaining knowledge, are particularly valued strategies of equalization, while religion has a subordinate role within their antiracist repertoire. Thus, gaining cultural membership is often equated with educational and occupational attainment. Antiracist strategies that value college education and achievement by the standards of American individualism may exclude many poor and working-class African Americans from cultural membership. In this way, strategies of equalization based on educational and professional competence may prove dysfunctional for racial solidarity. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship African and African American Studies en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Sociology en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1742058X05050046 en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.subject elite en_US
dc.subject competence en_US
dc.subject religion en_US
dc.subject African American en_US
dc.subject antiracism en_US
dc.title Competence and Religion in the Cultural Repertoire of the African American Elite en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
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dc.relation.journal Du Bois Review en_US
dash.depositing.author Lamont, Michele
dc.date.available 2009-12-07T15:19:36Z

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