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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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Constructing and using Black cultural capital

Constructing and using Black cultural capital

(p.77) 4 Constructing and using Black cultural capital
Black Middle-Class Britannia

Ali Meghji

Manchester University Press

This chapter looks at Black middle class consumption of ‘Black cultural capital’ – forms of dominant cultural capital mediated through a way that promotes ethnoracial affinity and resistance. I argue that participants often decode certain cultural forms as ‘Black cultural capital’ when they fulfil a politics of representation, both challenging the Whiteness of the art world and controlling images of Blackness more generally. Such participants often construe themselves as having the most symbolic mastery over these cultural forms in virtue of being racialised as Black. However, those towards strategic assimilation attempt to use Black cultural capital to foster inter-racial solidarity, while those towards the ethnoracial autonomous identity prefer to keep Black cultural spaces ethnoracially closed.

Keywords:   Black cultural capital, Cultural capital, Cultural consumption, Black culture, Critical race theory

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