How Americans Make Race Stories, Institutions, Spaces
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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 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.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/31/2013
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
|Introduction: Comme il faut|
|Identities and stories|
|Home, sweet home|
|Conclusion: stories, institutions, and spaces|
|Appendix: Interview respondents and interview schedule|