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Black Corona: Race and the Politics of Place in an Urban Community Hardcover – April 6, 1998

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Winner of the 1998 Anthony Leeds Prize, Society for Urban Anthropology

"Gregory employs the discipline of anthropology to penetrate the many myths and clichés that obscure the dynamics of black life in an urban community. Corona is the perfect subject for his investigation.... Black Corona is ideal for the community organizer, neighborhood historian, or academic.... [A] well-researched and beautifully written study."--Bill Batson, New York Amsterdam News

"Gregory gives an up-close look at community organization in a black middle-class community that defies stereotypes by outsiders about urban pathology and the disorganization and chaos that are supposed to exist in black neighborhoods."--Booklist

"[Gregory] investigates class within race, race within place, and place within politics. . . . [He] makes important points about the structuring of black identities in reaction to racial, class, and gender hierarchies."--Mary Pattillo-McCoy, American Journal of Sociology

"Gregory's analysis of race, ethnic, and class contacts and cooperation is clear and well written. . . . [A] welcome addition to the sparse ethnographic literature on middle-class African America."--Choice

"While asserting that race and economics are important elements in the mix that creates and perpetuates poor communities, [Gregory] believes poverty at root is a political problem regardless of race. A well-documented analysis that counters prevailing views."--Library Journal

An excellent case study and microanalysis of a single community. It is a well written and documented confutation of black stereotypes and their communities. . . . A classic piece of urban anthropology."--Wilbur C. Rich, Isis

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"Gregory's great insight is to focus on the ways in which the dynamics of class and race inform the actual patterns of daily struggle in real communities. Black Corona represents a significant contribution to the study of contemporary black urban life."--Manning Marable, Professor of History and Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; First Edition edition (April 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691017395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691017396
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,869,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book does a good job at showing the influence politics plays on race & how people perceive themselves in class & society. Gregory discusses the overlap of class & ethnicity while steering thoughts far away from stereotypes. He gives a historical representation to show how thoughts have shifted over time to where they are now.
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This is a refreshing look at neighborhood politics in the black community. Issues of class are explored more fully than in other studies, and the role of gender and diversity are also explored.
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