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This Ain't Chicago Race, Class, and Regional Identity in the Post-Soul South

ISBN-10: 1469614227
ISBN-13: 9781469614229
Edition: 2014
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Description: When Zandria Robinson returned home to interview African Americans in Memphis, she was often greeted with some version of the caution "I hope you know this ain't Chicago." In this important new work, Robinson critiques ideas of black identity  More...

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 4/15/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

When Zandria Robinson returned home to interview African Americans in Memphis, she was often greeted with some version of the caution "I hope you know this ain't Chicago." In this important new work, Robinson critiques ideas of black identity constructed through a northern lens and situates African Americans as central shapers of contemporary southern culture. Analytically separating black southerners from their migrating cousins, fictive kin, and white counterparts, Robinson demonstrates how place intersects with race, class, gender, and regional identities and differences.Robinson grounds her work in Memphis--the first big city heading north out of the Mississippi Delta. Although Memphis sheds light on much about the South, Robinson does not suggest that the region is monolithic. Instead, she attends to multiple Souths, noting the distinctions between southern places. Memphis, neither Old South nor New South, sits at the intersections of rural and urban, soul and post-soul, and civil rights and post-civil rights, representing an ongoing conversation with the varied incarnations of the South, past and present.

Zandria F. Robinson is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Memphis. She is coeditor of Repositioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Post-Racial Obama Age.

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