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Black Middle-Class BritanniaIdentities, Repertoires, Cultural Consumption$
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Ali Meghji

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526143075

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526143082

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Introduction – Taking off the colour-blind goggles: crafting a study on Britain’s Black middle class

Introduction – Taking off the colour-blind goggles: crafting a study on Britain’s Black middle class

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(p.1) 1 Introduction – Taking off the colour-blind goggles: crafting a study on Britain’s Black middle class
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(p.iii) Black middle-class Britannia
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Ali Meghji

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526143082.00006

This chapter outlines the book’s aims to analyse how racism and anti-racism influence Black middle class cultural consumption. It begins by summarising the colourblind literature on the middle class, which I argue limits our overall understanding of how middle class identity and culture are racialised. I then review the literature on the White and Black middle classes, before positioning the book in relation to these streams of research. The triangle of Black middle class identity is then sketched out, where I argue there are three Black middle class identity modes – strategic assimilation, ethnoracial autonomous, and class-minded – each showing a different relationship between racism, anti-racism, and cultural consumption.

Keywords:   Cultural Sociology, Critical race theory, Qualitative Methodology, Race and class, Black middle class, Race and ethnicity

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