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How Americans Make Race Stories, Institutions, Spaces

ISBN-10: 1107619580
ISBN-13: 9781107619586
Edition: 2013
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Description: How do people produce and reproduce identities? In Stories and Spaces, Clarissa Rile Hayward challenges what is sometimes called the "narrative identity thesis": the idea that people produce and reproduce identities as stories. Identities have  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 226
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

How do people produce and reproduce identities? In Stories and Spaces, Clarissa Rile Hayward challenges what is sometimes called the "narrative identity thesis": the idea that people produce and reproduce identities as stories. Identities have greater staying power than one would expect them to have if they were purely and simply narrative constructions, she argues, because people institutionalize identity-stories, building them into laws, rules, and other institutions that give social actors incentives to perform their identities well, and because they objectify identity-stories, building them into material forms that actors experience with their bodies. Drawing on in-depth historical analyses of the development of racialized identities and spaces in the twentieth-century United States, and also on life-narratives collected from people who live in racialized urban and suburban spaces, Hayward shows how the institutionalization and objectification of racial identity-stories enables their practical reproduction, lending them resilience in the face of challenge and critique.

Introduction: Comme il faut
Identities and stories
Black places
Ordinary stories
Home, sweet home
White fences
Conclusion: stories, institutions, and spaces
Appendix: Interview respondents and interview schedule

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